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Monday
Mar072011

Jorge and Carmen Barahona's Alleged Beating Death of Daughter Called 'Subhuman'

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The grisly discovery of the little girl's body decomposing in a garbage bag was the last bit of evidence that Nubia Doctor's treatment at the hands of her adoptive parents was, as the prosecutor said Monday, "subhuman."

Arrest warrants and a news conference Monday detailed a short and brutal life endured by Nubia and her twin brother Victor.

Jorge Barahona, 53, is accused of punching his daughter to death on Feb. 11 following a lengthy torture session in which the girl was kept bound at the hands and feet and left in a bathtub. Carmen Barahona, 60, is also charged with first-degree murder.

According to court documents, the 10-year-old twins were subjected to months of abuse culminating in a torture session that ended with the girl's death just one day after state child welfare authorities visited the home and found no reason to intervene.

"On Feb. 11, 2011 in the presence of Victor, Jorge Barahona removed Nubia [from the bathtub] while her feet and hands were still bound and took her to [the couple's] bedroom....[Jorge Barahona] reportedly punched and beat Nubia about her body while she screamed and cried until she was dead," according to the documents.

Police describe a house of horrors where the children were "repeatedly hit, punched, beaten with multiple objects about their bodies and bound and left for days on end, locked inside the only bathroom in the family home..."

James Loftus, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, called the case "depressing [and] sickening" and described the ordeal suffered by Nubia and her twin brother Victor as "very organized abuse."

Barahona was initially arrested Feb. 14 after Nubia's remains were found covered in chemicals and decomposing in a bag in the back of his truck. Police found Barahona and Victor parked along a highway outside West Palm Beach, Fla. The boy, overcome by fumes and convulsing, was covered in chemical burns.

Barahona was originally charged with aggravated child abuse and the attempted murder of Victor, but it was not until this weekend that the couple were charged with first-degree murder for the death of Nubia.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Cops Excavate Yard of Man Accused of Attacking Son with Chemicals

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Police in Florida are digging up the backyard of the home belonging to Jorge Barahona, an adopted father of four accused of trying to kill one of his sons and the primary suspect in the death of his daughter.

Investigators would not say what they were looking for in the yard. Barahona, a 53-year-old exterminator, is accused of severely burning his 10-year-old son Victor Doctor with toxic chemicals. The body of the boy's twin sister Nubia was found in the man's truck, badly decomposed.

"This is part of an ongoing investigation. We're building a case and cannot comment," said West Palm Police spokesman Chase Scott.

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.

Barahona has been charged with the attempted murder of Victor. No charges have been filed in Nubia's death.

A health department physician told a Miami family court on Wednesday that Victor could be released from the hospital as early as Friday.

"He's really doing well," Dr. Walter Lambert told the court.

Lambert said the boy was well enough to bathe himself, had asked about his parents and requested a hamburger.

"He has asked what I think are very good questions about what is going on," Lambert said.

Once released from the hospital, Victor will be placed in a therapeutic foster home. Officials hope to put the boy back in school, after being home schooled with his other siblings for over a year.

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.

Jennifer is believed to have tipped a relative off to the twin's abuse just days before they were found in Barahona's truck. That family member called the state's child abuse hotline to report the twins had been bound at their hands and feet, beaten and forced to stand in a bathtub.

At a hearing Wednesday, state officials said Jennifer and George had been deprived of medical and dental care, allegations similar to those found in documents released this week by the Florida Department of Children and Families reporting on Nubia's health.´╗┐

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