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Florida Department of Children and Families Blasted in Barahona Abuse Case Grand Jury Report

July 26th, 2011   No Comments   Abuse, News & Events

In a case that Florida foster care and adoption advocates, attorneys and others have watched for months, a Miami-Dade grand jury delivered a scathing report related to Jorge and Carmen Barahona – the Miami couple accused of abusing and neglecting their adopted twin children. “Gripped by ‘a persistent, insidious bias of trust,’ (DCF) caseworkers and investigators gave Jorge and Carmen Barahona a pass every time concerns were raised that the couple was abusing and neglecting their adoptive children,” the grand jury said in its report, the Miami Herald wrote.

“So trusting was a state Department of Children & Families investigator that, on Feb. 10, when the agency received a report that adoptive twins Victor and Nubia Barahona were being tied up and locked in a bathtub, she left the Barahona home without ever seeing the children,” the Herald wrote of the report. ” She later wrote that the twins were at little risk of harm…’Were Nubia and Victor in the house tied up in that bathtub at that very moment?’ grand jurors asked in a strongly worded 25-page report. ‘We will never know.'”

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