MIAMI (CBS4) – The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has released new pictures of the Barahona family which present a stark contrast to photos released last week.
Jorge and Carmen Barahona are both charged with first-degree murder after their adoptive daughter Nubia’s body was found partially decomposed in the back of Jorge’s pickup truck along I-95 in West Palm Beach on February 14, 2011. Ten year old Nubia’s twin brother Victor, who was also found in the truck covered in toxic chemicals, survived.
The pictures released Wednesday show a smiling Nubia doing numerous activities with her adoptive parents. They also show her having a good time with other children in the months before she was allegedly beaten to death in the Barahona home.
The pictures, 364 in all, show a smiling Nubia with Victor, with her other adopted siblings, with her adoptive parents, going on rides at an amusement park and at Lion Country Safari.
The photos taken by the Barahona family provide a montage of memories that seem to show the innocence of childhood. Nubia Barahona is seen dressed up in a pink princess outfit and delighting in what so many children love: pajama parties, pool parties and birthday parties that are filled with friends, plenty of presents and pleasantly punctuated with cake icing on their faces.
Nubia is also seen dressed for special times including Halloween and Christmas, with presents all around a tree. And there’s a special look of wonder as she gazes out of the window of her parents’ car at Lion Country Safari.
The face of young Victor was not shown in order to protect his identity. The new pictures were released by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office as part of discovery of evidence in this case. Prosecutors expect that more pictures will be released.
Last week, pictures from inside the Barahona home presented a very different image of home life for the twins.
Police photographed the bathtub where investigators say the Barahonas tied up the children; they reportedly kept Victor and Nubia locked in bathroom for days.
There were also photos of Nubia’s bedroom, decorated in pink and green, with stuffed animals everywhere. The photos were shot just two days after police discovered Nubia’s body. Investigators paid close attention to the stains on the mattress, and in one instance, even cut out a piece for evidence.
The photos also show a child’s stained shirt, and more stains on the floor in what appears to be the Barahona bedroom. Police say Nubia was beaten to death in the Barahona bedroom as Victor listened to her screaming and crying until she was dead.
Police also found rolls of tape throughout the house. Prosecutors say the children’s hands and feet were regularly bound with tape.
Investigators also photographed a child protection pamphlet, nearly two dozen soda bottles, and a red tank.
And right at the entrance to the house: barricade doors. The words above the door read, “with God, all things are possible.”