Miami grand jury blasts child welfare agency in Barahona death

Miami HeraldJuly 25, 2011 

State child welfare workers fail to properly monitor adopted parents as highlighted by the tragic torture and slaying of Nubia Barahona, a Miami-Dade grand jury report said Monday.

The grand jury’s report examined the vicious death of Nubia Barahona, whose acid-soaked corpse was found Feb. 14 in the cab of her adopted father’s truck in West Palm Beach.

The report pointed out that the Department of Children & Families repeatedly missed red flags raised about the living condition of Nubia and her twin brother, Victor.

“The sad reality is if the Barahonas had been the biological parents of Victor and Nubia, a more thorough investigation probably would have been conducted following the various reports called into the Hotline,” the report said

Jorge and Carmen Barahona were earlier indicted for first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect in the death of Nubia Barahona, and the torture of her twin brother Victor. They face the death penalty.

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