Victor and Nubia Barahona (Doctor)

10-year-old twins adopted by Carmen and Jorge Barahona were physically abused. Florida Department of Children and Families investigated the family on several occasions. On February 14, 2011, Victor was found by the side of Interstate 95 doused in chemicals, his adoptive father had poured gasoline on himself and his adopted son, with the plan to set himself and the boy on fire. Police found the dead body of Nubia wrapped in plastic in the bed of the pickup.
There were 2 other adopted children in the home.
Date: 2011-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes


West Palm Beach, Florida
United States
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Jorge Barahona trial set in case tied to murder of daughter Nubia2015-02-27
State puts on hold settlement payment to Nubia Barahona’s brother 2014-12-14
Sister Of Brutally Slain Nubia Barahona Sues DCF2014-09-16
Nubia Barahona’s adoptive sister sues DCF 2014-09-15
Jorge Barahona denied venue change in murder attempt of son2014-09-05
Lawyers agree on information-sharing in Barahona case2014-06-04
Jorge Barahona wants attempted murder trial moved out of Palm Beach County2014-04-10
Miami-Dade man accused of murdering adopted daughter complains to judge in letter2013-05-21
Boy in Barahona Case "Very Close to Dying" a Few Times: Caretaker2012-02-07
New Documents Paint Picture Of More Horror For Barahona Twins2012-02-06
Harrowing details emerge in Barahona case2012-02-06
Surviving Barahona twin alleges months of torture at hands of adoptive father2012-02-06
DCF head outlines changes to safeguard children2011-08-02
Court Documents Reveal Details In Barahona Case2011-05-26
Adoptive father of slain girl: She tried to poison me2011-05-25
Judge Considers Sealing Evidence In Barahona Trial2011-05-25
Déjà vu over child deaths in Florida2011-03-26
Jorge and Carmen Barahona's Alleged Beating Death of Daughter Called 'Subhuman'2011-03-07
Mom charged with killing daughter Nubia Barahona2011-03-05
Carmen Barahona, charged with murder, appears in Miami-Dade court2011-03-03
Days before body was found, abuse hotline caller warned kids were in danger2011-03-02
Panel hears chilling tales from Nubia’s short life2011-02-28
Group begins review of how system failed Nubia2011-02-25
DCF Reports: Barahona Investigator Mishandled Other Cases2011-02-24
Court-Appointed Guardian Tried To Stop Twins' Adoption2011-02-20
Fla. pair fought to adopt girl found dead2011-02-20
Macabre child abuse scandal: Girl, 6, in dad’s protective custody2011-02-19
Fla. boy doused in chemicals in better condition2011-02-19
Abuse clues in Fla. twins case put spotlight on child services2011-02-18
Police called to Barahona home 16 times since 19962011-02-18
Couple under scrutiny fought to adopt twins2011-02-18
Father charged with attempted murder in injuries to adoptive son2011-02-18
Miami man denies trying to murder adopted son found burned2011-02-18
DCF says mother may be charged in toxic truck case2011-02-17
Abuse clues in Fla. twins case put spotlight on child services2011-02-17
Dad found with adopted girl's body in truck tries to injure himself in jail, taken to hospital2011-02-17
$1 Million Bond Set for Jorge Barahona Accused of Burning Son with Acid2011-02-17
Police: father confesses to trying to kill son and himself2011-02-16
Florida Department of Children and Families report on Nubia Doctor2011-02-16
Judge shows outrage at DCF's handling of abuse call in Barahona case2011-02-16
Doctor Says Fla. Boy's Acid Burns Worsening2011-02-16
Fla. girl dead in toxic truck; brother burned2011-02-16
State may have missed chance to save girl found dead in truck2011-02-16
Police: Father says body in truck is his daughter's2011-02-16
Affidavit: Barahona2011-02-16
Body found inside pest control truck; foster boy, man injured2011-02-14
Victor and Nubia Doctor: police reports2011-02-14
Letter Barahonas to Charlie Crist - 32008-01-23
Letter Barahonas to Charlie Crist - 22007-08-22
Letter Barahonas to Charlie Crist - 12007-06-04
Average: 6 (1 vote)

Bravery: standing up and saying "NO!"

I just read a very compelling editorial found in the Feb. 26 edition of the Miami Herald , and I'd like to share the portion that spoke volumes to me:

It is natural to feel hatred and revulsion for what Jorge Barahona is accused of doing and his wife Carmen seems to have, at the very least, allowed to happen. They should not be called “parents.” What kind of individual forces a child to stand in garbage bins or douses him with chemicals? Only a sinister psychopath.

The law of man – and God – will deal with them.

One is filled with anger, too, at the state’s child-welfare officials, who share the blame of the twins’ torture for allowing this adoption. Moreover, officials dismissed several reports that raised concerns about the abuse and neglect to which the children were subjected.

And where is the responsibility of the biological parents? No child comes into the state’s custody without having been abandoned physically or emotionally. The twins’ mother had alcohol and drug problems and mistreated them. And the father was charged with sexual battery. They were not ready to be parents.

And where is the conscience of those who came to the Barahonas’ house and knew that the twins were locked behind a shower curtain taped to the walls of the bathtub to trap them?

Regardless of whether the perpetrator is a relative or friend, when someone sees a person being tortured, there’s a moral duty to denounce it. Individual responsibility comes with the privilege one has as a citizen of Mother Earth. To cover it up is to become a participant in the aberration.

[From: Girl exposes ‘hive of villains’, Daniel Shoer ]
I was especially stirred by the portion that states, where is the responsibility of the biological parents? No child comes into the state’s custody without having been abandoned physically or emotionally.

Whether an adopted child is put in-care because the bio-parents are drug addicted delinquents or the birth-mother is a 'responsible' individual who values human life, (making adoption her personal choice), the bottom line is always the same for the child put in an adoptive home... in the majority of cases, the biological parents CHOSE to walk away, leaving the parenting and protecting to some body else.

I often wonder how many moms-to-be would agree to their adoption-plan, if they knew a few years from the time of final relinquishment, their beloved 'saved' baby was going to be tortured, then killed?

The possibility is always there... whether adoption advocates want to admit that, or not.

In any case, it was not an adult family member, a parent, a social worker, or child-welfare official who stood up and said "NO!" to those who wanted to overlook and dismiss the nightmare that did eventually bring a cruel end to an adopted child's life.  It was a child who decided enough was enough, and spoke up, and told people what was wrong.

Six year old Alessandra defied family-member warning, and spoke the truth knowing her honesty would bring serious consequences -- rejection and punishment.

Her fear must have been intense... so intense, she must have lost all sensation, not really feeling what it was she was actually doing.

Her bravery came after-the-final act, and she was praised and applauded, for coming forward. 

The moral lesson, of course, can be:  evil will no longer prevail in this morbid adoption-story, thanks to the actions of one heroic girl.

But that moral lesson is not enough for me... an adoptee who was rejected and punished by my adoptive parents because I dared to reveal what was done to me by members of their sick and demented family, well after-the-fact.  Adoptees like myself need more than the fairy-tale that evil will no longer prevail in a world that seems so immoral.  We know how fickle people can can be, especially when spotlights are still on key characters involved in one particular act, in one particular story.

Which is why I have to ask, What would have been outside response and opinion, had the little girl (with the profoundly dysfunctional family) been just as brave, much much earlier in the tragic adoption-story?

Would we learn a very different moral to the story?

These are the types of questions I naturally ask myself, each time I read an abused adoptee case that has found it's way to the PPL pages.

This is the conclusion I have drawn, after years of very disturbing discovery:  As long as the US government refuses to ratify the UNCRC, a child's right to safety will never be respected or protected like an adult's right to privacy.

Ignorance and negligence sure has it's natural consequence, doesn't it? 


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