MDPD Top Cop Calls Barahona Case “Sickening”

MIAMI (CBS4) – Calling the actions of two adoptive parents accused of murdering one of their children  “subhuman, depressing and sickening,” Miami-Dade police director Jim Loftus spoke about the case in general terms Monday afternoon.

However, an arrest warrant released Monday painted a clearer, more disturbing picture about the days leading up to Nubia Barahona’s death. The warrant states she was “repeatedly punched and beat about her body while she screamed and cried until she was dead.”

Loftus stood by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle during an afternoon press conference and expressed a commitment to beef up the police department’s child exploitation unit by increasing the number of sergeants and investigators.

“This is in my experience one of the saddest commentaries on the human condition – it’s depressing and sickening people working in concert to perpetrate [this crime] on their own children, adopted or not,” Loftus said. “Two kids bound, locked in a bathroom with no light. What did they talk about? What hope did they have? What did they converse about?”

Ten-year old Nubia and her twin brother Victor were made to stand in the bathtub, bound with tape, for hours at a time. When they attended public school, Nubia was said be hungry, dirty and had suffered some bruising, possibly from being struck.

According to an arrest warrant, Victor says Nubia was beaten to death in Jorge and Carmen’s bedroom on Friday, February 11th, after more than a year during which both kids were “repeatedly beaten, willfully tortured, maliciously punished and unlawfully caged.”

The warrant also states Victor who was treated for a cleft palate when he was born failed to receive the proper care when his scar opened.

“He has not received the necessary medical attention causing further facial injury and disfigurement,” the warrant states.

Fernandez Rundle said her team of attorneys is working closely with Miami-Dade Police to prosecute Carmen and Jorge Barahona for their alleged roles in what she described as “methodical torture imposed on these two beautiful children.”

Three weeks ago, the body of Nubia was found wrapped in plastic in the back of Jorge Barahona’s pick up truck parked off I-95 in West Palm Beach; her brother was unconscious in the front seat suffering from chemical burns.

Over the weekend, 60-year old Carmen Barahona, the adoptive mother, was charged with first-degree murder and she will be held without bond pending trial.

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Carmen Barahona was denied bond during a court appearance on Sunday.

Barahona was charged in the death of 10-year old Nubia Barahona. She was also charged with seven counts of aggravated child abuse and seven counts of child neglect for her alleged treatment of Nubia and Victor. During the hearing, the judge set a bond amount of $50 thousand for each count of aggravated child abuse and $7,500 for each count of neglect.

When news Barahona’s arrest spread across their southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood, neighbors said they weren’t surprised.

“She knew what was going on and she permitted it, that’s disgusting,” said Leyda Alonso.

Carmen’s husband Jorge Barahona remains in jail in Palm Beach County; he’s also being held without bond. He’s been charged with first degree murder and cruelty and abuse toward children.

In addition to the police department’s news conference on Monday, an independent review panel created to investigate what went wrong in the state’s efforts to protect Victor and Nubia will meet for a fourth time.

Late last week, the murder case against Nubia was transferred to Miami-Dade from Palm Beach County, after investigators determined she had been killed in Miami-Dade.

Sources told CBS4 I-Team investigator Jim DeFede that the autopsy found Nubia died from “blunt force trauma” and that her chest was caved in. “It was as if someone had stomped on her,” according to the source.

Miami-Dade homicide investigators have been examining the Barahona home in Southwest Miami-Dade, at one point opening a septic tank on the property and removing material, at another, removing a bathtub from the home.

On Saturday a makeshift memorial began to emerge in front of the Barahona home. Parents and children left notes, flowers and toys in memory of Nubia.

I came out here to leave it because I think that she did not deserve what happened to her,” said one boy.

Sources familiar with the investigation tell CBS4 News that Carmen Barahona is claiming to be a victim of “battered wife syndrome” and that she is not responsible for what happened in her house because she lived in fear of her husband.

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  1. Mercy Reese says:

    If she was really in fear of her husband she should have report him to the authorities and left him with the children to protect them like a “GOOD MOTHER” would do that gives her life for her children and do anything for them. That lady is the Devil in disguise and gives me the creeps.The adoption and goverment offices with children have to be more careful with who they deal with and check up on their children closely and more often. I just feel so sad for the little Angels !!!

  2. BVC says:

    BOTH SHOULD BURN IN HELL AND EVEN THIS IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE CRIME THEY COMMITED. WHY BOTHER GOING TO TRIAL THEY SHOULD GO DIRECTLY TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR SIDE BY SIDE AND ALSO CARMEN BARAHONA DAUGHTER SHOULD BE INCLUDED. GET RID OFF THE THREE OF THE ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

      BVC, I agree. Those people are all DEVILS, and should not be allowed to live, especially not in Jail. Tax-payers Money pay for Jails. I do not feel comfortable knowing that: THEY ARE LIARS and THAT THEY MAY GET PAROLE.

      Fry the THREE OF THEM. THEY DID NOT CARE!

    2. Tina says:

      The daughter is just as guilty! She should have been arrested also. If her daughter knew what was going on in that home she should have.

    3. Anabelle says:

      EVERYONE deserves a fair trial, regardless of what they MAY have commited. It is wrong to think they should instantly be put to death. What if it may have been someone else who commited these crimes? If people were not given the right to a fair trial we would have hundreds of murderers running loose!

  3. Carol says:

    This should have never ever happened it all the people who tried to report the things going on to these two (2) children but nobody would listen.

    The same thing that happened to these innocent children should happen to these adults and make sure they would never live to talk about it these people aren’t human they aren’t even animals they are much lower than dirt because without dirt we wouldn’t have our beautiful plants.

    But I guess there isn’t a word for these people to express what they truely are.

    Prison is not good enough for them infact it is to good for them maybe they should be sent to Iran where they wouldn’t have a chance to live.

  4. Diane12 says:

    Torture these animals first. This is why you hate to say it ….but ” an eye for eye” is the only way these crimes will stop. The grandparents and her daughter need to be locked up as well. Better yet, lets parade them on the street of MIami so we can all torture them. Those poor Angels did not deserve this. But you gotta blame … our wonderful judicial system, our great Abuse Hotline and our prestigious DCF. All just as guilty!!!!!

  5. D IN SO FLA says:

    OMG ..I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEESE TWO ANIMALS GET TORTURED EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE REST OF THIER LIFES.. ALSO..THE DUMMIES AT DCF..YES THEY TO DESERVE TO GO TO PRISON. LAZY INCOMPETENT LOOSERS..YES YOUR NEGLECT ALSO CAUSED THEESE BABIES DEATHS ..DCF ..LOL WHAT A JOKE…AND ALL YOU NEIGHBORS OF THE BARROHONNAS WHO SAY YOUR “NOT SUPRISED” WELL WHERE WERE ALL YOU??? YOU SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED..I KNOW DCF DROPPED THE BALL BUT IF U KNEW SOMTHING WAS GOING ON WHY WERNT THE POLICE CALLED??LOOSERS!!!

    1. m says:

      I agree. If you live next to some one for years, I would think you ‘d hear something, see something…anything. COWARDS!!!!

      And DCF…please!!! What a joke you people are. You should be tortured along with these two idiots.

  6. Mercedes Alfonso-Sala says:

    In my opinion, release them in general population in prision and let all the prisioners know who they are and the crime that they committed….may be then justice will really be served. For cowards like them, I believe in an eye for an eye except they should be tortured the very same way that they tortured those innocent children day in and day out of their miserable lives. As for their daughter, she is as disgusting as her parents. She should never be allowed to see her daughter again and if she were to have any more kids, the government should take them from her as well.

  7. Mario says:

    We can not repair the damage these two monsters had committed. But the real culprits is DFC for allowing this to happened, how many more victims we are going to have if we don’t held the people responsible for putting this kids in those situation or acting on warning signs.

  8. ELIZABETH says:

    At the hands of the system that is supposed to watch and care for children and these monsters one angel lost her life and her brother was tortured almost to death. It’s too late to bring Nubia back, but we as a community and human beings should be aware and report things we see are not right. Carmen and Jorge Barahona along with everyone who let this happen will pay for it. Let’s just pray for Nubia, everyone pays their dues here on earth and theirs will be worse than the torture they put one these innocents children.

  9. Sandy says:

    If you go to an adoption agency you go thru hell and high water to get approved. Why is it any different with children in the system? once adopted why does the state continue to pay the adoptive parents? There are good people who foster children, but there are too many of them who do it simply for the money that comes in. The whole system needs to change. Especially the hiring of the people in DCF, My heart breaks every time Nubia’s picture is shown, and I am running out of tears. I hope the medical profession steps up to help Victor overcome his handicaps, both mental and physical.

  10. Sandy says:

    Everyone at DCF who has been involved in this case should be immediately terminated without any further consideration, and definetly without any benefits. They are as despicable as the Barahons.

  11. Miriam Luis Calviac says:

    I certainly agree to all comments posted above. As a person that I am who believe only in doing good actions to others I feel very sad that under these circunstances I feel that these monsters”The Barahonas” do not need to be near society to continue to do harms to others, specially childrens. On the other hand, how is possible that all of that happened nhere in a world where we are all supposs to be civilize and o top of all of the damages causing making profit out of that. what were the employees of this office dooing when all of this things were happening?Not doing their jobs properly?. That is amazing!.

  12. G.Q says:

    DCF is much at fault, and anyone who did not double look at the alert signs should be terminated, that is their job and they couldn’t do it!!!
    it’s also a great call for the system to be made better! like someone else said, i’ve seen so many couples go into foster “caring” just for the money, and not to give the children a good temporary home (my aunt and uncle are foster parents so that’s why i’ve seen first hand soo many things and I can say this with certainty)
    how someone took in an older girl to take her of her own kids and her other foster kids and take care of her housework! and many other little things
    i had enough one day that i saw one of the “parents” awfully hit one of the foster kids because he took a toy away from her own kid, wth
    called in anonymously the agency so they could inspect the well-being of the children!!
    so it gets on my nerves that the people around couldn’t do more, neighbors? when you heard screaming, hitting, etc…couldn’t you have called the cops or something?
    like someone mentioned, it’s a call for society to step-up to things we know are wrong, and help those who can’t help themselves, like these poor kids!
    and then it’s very upsetting that those few who did do a little something were not heard!
    anyways, let these people rot in prison…we’re not who to kill (so i don’t believe in death row) but lock them up for good AND have no considerations with them, meaning no separating them from the rest of the inmates for their safety, i, they don’t deserve to be “look out for”‘m sure there they will get a taste of their own evil

  13. J.O says:

    I honestly do not seee how child services could still have Andrea Fleary ion their services there should be a one strike rule in their offices I mean after making several mistakes that endangered children she should have been fired! However I dont agree with all these comments! We live in America everyone has rights to defend themselves we cant just electrocute people. These people committed a horrifying atrocity and should be forced to remember that everyday of their life…so I say life without parole or appeal.

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