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Death penalty sought for Barahonas

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MIAMI (WFLX) - Prosecutors in Florida say they will seek the death penalty against the couple accused in the slaying of their 10-year-old adopted daughter.

Prosecutor Gail Levine made the announcement Monday morning as Jorge and Carmen Barahona appeared in a Miami-Dade County courtroom. The Barahonas, who face first-degree murder charges and a slew of child abuse and neglect charges, both pleaded not guilty.

Jorge Barahona cried in court on Monday and wore a vest used for inmates on suicide watch. Carmen Barahona didn't show any emotion.

Authorities say, for months, the parents hit twins Victor and Nubia with a shoe, whip or broom, bound their hands and feet, and locked them in a bathroom, sometimes for days.

Nubia's body was found on Valentine's Day in the back of Jorge Barahona's truck. Victor, who survived, was doused in a toxic chemical.

A mother of one of Nubia's old classmates named Joanne Muniz came to the arraignment. "It will be sweet justice because Nubia's not here, no matter what they do to the parents, Nubia's not here," said Muniz.

A judge set a trial date of July 18th in Miami-Dade court.

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