This story started two days ago when a truck was spotted on I-95 a road side assists truck stopped to help who ever was in the truck. What he found was criminal although at that time he didn’t know it. A man and a small boy were slumped over in the front seat the boy was seizing, they were transported to two different hospitals, it was found that the boy had been burned with acid which was found in the truck and had internal injuries from beathing the fumes. A Haz mat team was sent to the scene and they pulled a black garbage bag from the truck and there was a body in it.
When I first heard the story I said there was a child in that bag. The signs were obivous – there were supposed to be four children in the family only three were accounted for. Second the child in the truck was injured. Then we were told the missing child was the twin to the child in the truck. 2plus 2 still equals four.
The second act is CPS hauling ass to the home of these children who by the way were all adopted by the man and woman and they had been foster children. (Not surprising) The children were removed and placed with family. The same family who told the one child who is autisic not to say anything about the abuse that had been going on in this family because it was “family secrets”.
To add more fire to this already out of control fire Mark Riordan (the spokesperson for CPS) said, “to know what is going on with the family, we need some time. Here, we just didn’t have that time.”
Really? The reason you don’t have time is you spend all your time stealing children who don’t need to be taken for easy money and you leave children who are removed and placed in foster homes to be murdered and abused. These people had been foster parent for years – the children were talking and no one listened. Now one child who would be part of our future is dead a second child fights for his life and has lost his sister his twin. Please somebody charge CPS with Criminal Charges. IT is time. It is all about the money.
WEST PALM BEACH — The western Miami-Dade County pest exterminator found Monday on the side of the road, his acid-splashed adopted son in the front seat of his pickup and an acid-soaked corpse in the truck bed, has confessed to police that he placed his dead daughter in the bag and drove to Palm Beach County with plans to kill himself, according to a West Palm Beach Police report.
Jorge Barahona, 53, who is in police custody but still hospitalized this morning, told police he was “distraught over the death of his daughter and intended to commit suicide,” the report said.
Barahona, who’s still at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach, is charged with felony aggravated child abuse in the attack on his adopted son, Victor, who doctors say suffered “severe internal reactions,” police spokesman Chase Scott said Tuesday night.
More ominously, the police report said, doctors found “prior injuries” on the boy: a broken collarbone, a broken arm, scars on his buttocks and lower abdomen, and rope marks on both wrists.
In the West Palm Beach Police report, Barahona said he’d driven north and had pulled onto the side of the expressway “where he would easily be found.”
He said he gave the son a handful of sleeping pills and told him to take them so he could sleep.
He said the boy’s head remained on his lap as he sat in the driver’s seat, pouring gasoline over his own head from a gas tank.
“Jorge intended to ignite a lighter to set himself on fire, but he could not do it” because the boy was in the truck with him, the report said.
When police confronted the father with the fact that he had no obvious burns on him similar to those found on the boy, he said some of the gasoline must have splattered on Victor.
“Jorge’s account of events is inconsistent” with the boy’s injuries, the report concluded.
The report does not say how the daughter, 10-year-old Victor’s twin sister, died.
Eight hours after 10-year-old Victor Doctor stumbled out of his adoptive father’s pickup truck, overcome by toxic fumes, Florida child welfare investigators dispatched to the boy’s West Miami-Dade home on Monday were confronted with a startling question: Where was Victor’s twin sister?
The answer would turn the red truck, along Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, into a crime scene: The girl was found inside a bag, dead, in the bed of the pickup.
Both Victor and his twin, whose name has not been released by police or child welfare administrators, had been the subject of a troubling call to the Department of Children & Families’ abuse hotline only four days earlier. The children, a schoolteacher said, were being bound hand-and-feet with duct tape.
The children, the report said, were being untied only so they could eat.
In the aftermath of Monday’s tragedy, two other children who were adopted by Barahona were taken into custody by DCF Tuesday. Their case will be heard Wednesday before Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, who has been asked to place them, once again, in foster care.
Barahona was charged late Tuesday by West Palm Beach police with aggravated child abuse, police told reporters at a Tuesday night news conference. “We expect other charges to be forthcoming,” said police spokesman Chase Scott.
Barahona’s red pickup, emblazoned with the name of his Miami-based pest-extermination company, was first discovered along northbound Interstate 95, between Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and 45th Street, about 5 a.m. on Monday, the FHP said.
A host of investigators and hazardous materials officials have remained at the scene this week, creating traffic backups for northbound I-95 traffic.
Child welfare administrators offered few details Tuesday about the case.
“We are in the preliminary stages of a very tragic and extremely complex investigation,” said Mark Riordan, a DCF spokesman. “We are working side-by-side with law enforcement in two jurisdictions, and protective investigators in two jurisdictions.
“Though there is an open investigation involving this family,” Riordan added, “our primary concern is the safety of these children.”
Victor remains at St. Mary’s Medical Center, so badly hurt that he was fitted into an incubator at the pediatric intensive care unit. Doctors who examined the boy said he suffered “severe internal reactions,” apparently from inhaling the chemicals, Scott said. Barahona, police said, was speaking with investigators Tuesday night.
Scott said the chemicals on Victor’s body were so toxic that an officer who was exposed to the child became ill — suffering from headaches and chest pains. Officers still do not know precisely what chemicals were being kept in the truck’s cab. Barahona is an exterminator.
According to sources with knowledge of the case:
Victor and his twin became foster children when their birth mother’s drug and alcohol abuse led to persistent neglect. They were sent to live with Jorge Barahona, 53, who owns a pest control company, and his wife, Carmen, 60, who worked for a pediatrician. A few years ago, the Barahonas adopted the twins.
The Barahonas appeared to be traditional suburban parents. They had two dachshund puppies, a parrot and had been foster parents for a decade. In the chambers of Circuit Judge Valerie Manno-Schurr, the two children said privately that they wanted the couple to adopt them.
Before the adoption, the Barahonas had been the subject of three reports to the abuse hotline, said Riordan, who declined to specify the allegations. A source said one report stated the girl had been going to school dirty, while another report claimed one of the children had been bruised. The allegations did not result in any action against the Barahonas.
The Barahonas also had custody of two other children adopted from the state, a 7-year-old girl and an 11- or 12-year-old boy, and often cared for a grandchild in their home, at 11501 SW 47th Ter. in West Miami-Dade.
On Feb. 10, DCF’s abuse hotline received an alarming report: Victor and his sister were being physically abused by their adoptive parents, who allegedly were tying the twins up with duct tape. The twins, the report said, “are being untied to be fed.”
A neighborhood child had reported the alleged abuse to a teacher, who, in turn, called the state.
But between Feb. 10 and Monday, child welfare investigators had not taken the children — who were being home-schooled, and had little visibility in the community — out of the home. Carmen Barahona had told investigators she and Jorge were separated, and she had custody of only the other two children — not Victor and his twin.
ON THE HIGHWAY
On Monday, during early morning rush-hour, a highway road ranger found Barahona and his adoptive son in the pickup — emblazoned with CJ Pest Control and a Miami-Dade phone number — on the side of Interstate 95 between Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and 45th Street.
Barahona was slumped behind the wheel. The boy, Victor, was clambering out of the truck, in the midst of a seizure, and suffering from what appeared to be chemical burns.
The boy was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, his father to Columbia Hospital, police say.
Police called DCF administrators, who realized quickly that they already were investigating the report from four days earlier. They dispatched investigators to the Barahonas’ West Miami-Dade home, where they noticed Victor’s sister was missing.
IN THE TRUCK
About 5 p.m., Hazmat teams were asked to return to the truck. A state Department of Environmental Protection worker found the girl’s body in the bed of the truck. Police said late Tuesday the body was partially decomposed.
The body remained inside the flatbed Tuesday afternoon — black tarps draped over the truck — until late Tuesday evening.
West Palm Beach police told reporters late Tuesday that the pickup was to be taken to a ‘‘secure’’ facility where the FBI will examine it.
Since the girl’s body was found, at least one of Victor’s adoptive siblings has confirmed to authorities that the children were being bound in the Barahona’s home, a source told The Miami Herald.
Miami Herald staff writer Carol Marbin-Miller and Palm Beach Post staff writers Alexandra Seltzer, Ana M. Valdes and staff researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.
MIAMI — A judge has ordered that Carmen Barahona stay away from three of her adopted children, who remain in a foster home, after her daughter was found dead in the back her husband’s pick-up truck.
At a court hearing this afternoon, Judge Cindy Lederman also showed outrage when Department of Children and Families investigators explained that one of Barahona’s four kids may have been trying to tell a DCF investigator that twins Victor and Nubia were often tied by their wrists and ankles and left to hop around in the bathroom.
The body of a girl was found in the back of Jorge Barahona’s pick-up truck, while his adopted son Victor remains hospitalized suffering from severe burns. DCF officials have confirmed Nubia has died, but have not said if she was in the truck.
Jorge Barahona has confessed to police that he placed his dead daughter in a bag in the truck and drove to Palm Beach County with plans to kill himself, according to a West Palm Beach Police report. Victor was found severely burned in the truck.
The investigator told Lederman that Carmen Barahona tried to keep her son, who is autistic, from talking to investigators.
“Wouldn’t that make you suspicious?” asked Lederman. “So we don’t do investigations on weekends? Is that what you are telling me?”
DCF officials said they responded to an abuse hotline call that came in after Carmen Barahona’s 7-year-old granddaughter told a relative that the twins were often tied.
Officials also said that the granddaughter, when asked about these allegations, said her grandmother would often tell her not to say anything because they were “family secrets.”
When asked why DCF investigators did not take more immediate action when the abuse call came in, spokesperson Mark Riordan said, “to know what is going on with the family, we need some time. Here, we just didn’t have that time.”