Updates: See 2 Response Videos. Feb 17, 2011. Home Where Abused Twins Lived A House of Horrors, A Guarded Fortress. What went on in the house was a "family secret'' that was never to be discussed, a surviving adoptive children + couple's biological granddaughter told investigators.
Carmen Barahona worked several years for one of S Florida's largest medical practices - PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/19/v-fullstory/2076037/victor-and-nubias-h...
Court-Appointed Guardian Ad Litem Tried To Stop Twins' Adoption; GAL Grew Gravely Concerned About Welfare of Children Found Covered in Chemicals http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/Volunteer--116554598.html
CPS Records http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/newsroom/publicdocuments/Southern/Barahona/Protect...
Florida Judge Outraged at DCF's Handling of Abuse in Barahona case. A Miami-Dade family court judge lashed out at state DCF investigator after learning that dep't officials failed to immediately respond to hints from an 11YO boy that two of his adopted siblings were being abused by their parents.
At a hearing Wednesday, a DCF investigator who went out to Carmen + Jorge Barahona's western Miami-Dade County home twice since Feb 10 told Judge Cindy Lederman that the couple's autistic son Jorge may have tried to tell her that something was wrong with 10YO twins Victor + Nubia. The boy's mother dismissed him as being "low-functioning" + told him to wait in the computer room, a DCF official told Judge Lederman at court.
"Wouldn't that make you suspicious?" asked Lederman.
The investigator responded that one of her conversations with the boy took place very late on a Friday evening.
"So we don't do investigations on weekends? Is that what you are telling me?" the judge said.
DCF secretary David Wilkins has asked for a full investigation into how the case was handled.
Just a few days after DCF's visit, Victor was found drenched in hazardous chemicals inside his father's pick-up truck on I-95. Jorge Barahona was found on the ground outside the vehicle. In the bed of the truck was Nubia's body, placed in a bag by her father.
State officials said CARMEN'S GRANDDAUGHTER TOLD A RELATIVE about how BARAHONAS ALLEGEDLY TIED UP VICTOR + NUBIA BY THEIR WRISTS AND ANKLES AND CONFINED THEM TO THE BATHROOM FOR MOST OF THE DAY. It was the girl's revelation that resulted in the call to DCF's abuse hotline.
Investigators who questioned the 7YO girl after the incident said CARMEN BARAHONA WOULD TELL HER GRANDDAUGHTER NOT TO TELL ANYONE ABOUT HOW THE TWINS WERE TREATED BECAUSE IT WAS A "FAMILY SECRET".
Officials also said CARMEN LIED TO INVESTIGATORS, telling them SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAD BEEN SEPARATED FOR 6 MONTHS WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE NEVER APART.
Lederman ordered Carmen Barahona to stay away from Jorge + Jennifer, the 2 other adopted children now living in foster care. "Anyone who knew anything about what was going on with these children will not get near them," Judge Lederman said. "I assume that DCF is taking the quality of this investigation very seriously."
An attorney representing the twins' biological aunt + uncle in Houston was also at the hearing, and told the judge the couple was willing to adopt Victor. Attorney Steve Grossbard said he was involved in the twins' adoption proceedings in 2004, and recalls there being some CONCERNS WITH THE BARAHONAS.
The adopted Miami-Dade County girl was painfully skinny + her hair was falling out. But when investigators asked about her appearance, they were told she had been born with a serious hormonal condition, not that she was being neglected. By the time they figured out that both were true, it was too late. 10YO Nubia was dead, covered in chemical burns and hidden in a plastic garbage bag in a truck along Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County. Her twin brother, Victor, was near death in the same truck, also covered with burns. "Remember that these people have been deceiving the system for quite a long time," David Wilkins, secretary of Florida DCF said of Jorge + Carmen Barahona. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/dcf-head-defends-agencys-handling-of-...
Stranded in an old red pickup by the side of the road, the 10 YO boy was dripping in acid, badly burned + writhing with seizures. There was so much of it that it soaked the seats and carpet of the truck, filling the air with poisonous fumes. Beside him slumped his adoptive father, unconscious and unable to explain what he was doing w the injured boy on the shoulder of I-95. Hours later they found a corpse wrapped in a plain black garbage bag tucked among tubs of chemicals. The body was "extremely deteriorated" from acid. http://www.palmbeachpost.com