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Wednesday
Feb162011

Doctors Struggle to Heal Boy Burned by Father in Acid Attack

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Doctors are having difficulty treating a 10-year-old boy whose father doused him with acid because they cannot determine precisely which chemicals were used to burn him. He was found in the same truck where the man allegedly hid the remains of the boy's dead sister.

The boy, Victor Doctor, is in critical condition at a Florida hospital suffering from burns below the waist. His physician, Dr. Walter Lambert, told a Florida court that the boy's condition is worsening because doctors have not figured out what chemicals they are trying to neutralize.

Police on Monday were called to investigate a pickup truck pulled over on the side of Interstate 95 near West Palm Beach, Fla. Inside the cab they found the boy and his father, Jorge Barahona, 53.

Both were covered in chemical burns and gasoline and overcome by toxic fumes.

Hours later, while cleaning the truck of toxic chemicals, they discovered the remains of Victor's twin sister, setting off an investigation into the children's adoptive parents and revealing missed clues that Barahona was abusing his children.

Barahona now faces charges of aggravated child abuse, with more charges likely to follow. He remains in the hospital.

Barahona and his wife adopted two other younger children. All four children were foster kids before their adoption.

On Wednesday, a Florida court held a hearing to determine the custody of Barahona's two other children.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Acid Attack Faker Bethany Storro to Plead Not Guilty

Image Courtesy - ABC NewsUPDATE: Bethany Storro has entered a not guilty plea to three charges of 2nd degree theft. Storro, whose face appeared bright red and severely burned, was surrounded by police and court personnel at the time of her appearance. Storro will be processed at the Clark County Jail and released to continue rehabilitation at her home.

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) -- The Oregon woman who doused her own face with acid and then went on a shopping spree with the donations meant to aid her recovery will face a judge Wednesday.

Bethany Storro, charged with stealing thousands from good Samaritans, could face up to five months in jail for the jaw-dropping hoax. Though her father has promised the money will be repaid, her attorney has said that that she will plead not guilty.

Storro, 28, was once thought to be the victim of a heartless crime after she told authorities in August that a black woman had splashed her face with acid for no reason. Days after the "attack," Storro made a seemingly brave public appearance from the hospital, her face covered in bandages, telling her audience, "Once it hit me I could hear bubbling and sizzling in my skin." But as her story began to unravel, Storro confessed to police that there hadn't been an attack -- that she put the acid on her own face, first to kill herself, then to cause injuries so severe it would warrant surgery to give her a new face.

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