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Adoptive Mom Charged in Girl's Murder

Miami-Dade County Jail(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.) -- The adoptive mother of a 10-year-old Florida girl whose badly decomposed body was found in a truck where her brother was also found, severely burned with toxic chemicals, has been charged with murder in the little girl's death.

Carmen Barahona, 60, was booked Saturday at the Miami-Dade County Jail on a charge of first degree murder in the death of Nubia Doctor, and seven counts each of aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

She was being held without bail, according to the jail web site.

Miami-Dade Police said they would not discuss the case until Monday, when Police Director James K. Loftus will hold a news conference.

Barahona's husband, 53-year-old Jorge Barahona, is being held in the Palm Beach County jail on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly dousing Nubia's brother, 10-year-old Victor Doctor, with toxic chemicals. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree attempted murder.

Police found Victor on Feb. 14 covered in chemical burns and overcome by toxic fumes. Hours later in the bed of the pickup truck where Victor was found, authorities discovered the remains of Nubia Doctor, decomposing in a garbage bag.

Victor was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday and was placed in a therapeutic foster home.

In the days since the children were found, the state has removed two other children, a girl named Jennifer, 7, and a boy named George, 11, from Barahona's home and placed them in protective foster care.

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