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Advocates, Attorneys: Red Flags Missed by DCF Amid Alleged Abuse of Adopted Boy Doused in Chemicals, Sister Found Dead

February 16th, 2011   No Comments   Abuse, Court Cases

The adopted son was sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s burn unit, the sister was dead, the adoptive father in custody and the adoptive mother facing the ire of a dependency judge — all while child welfare advocates questioned how warning signs and calls to the Department of Children and Families were missed or overlooked in the horrifying case of Jorge and Carmen Barahona and their adopted children.


According to WSVN Miami, Jorge Barahona confessed to police he tried to kill himself and his 10-year-old son while the body of the boy’s twin sister lay in his pickup truck’s bed.

Two days after the discovery of the chemical-filled truck on Monday, the cause of the girl’s of death remains a mystery. But as tales of abuse — being duct-taped or forced to stand in garbage bins — began to unfold, the opinions of advocates was crystal clear: Red flags and warning signs — and the system in place to act on them — failed to respond quickly and thoroughly enough.

“Those are the kinds of allegations that need to be addressed within…hours,” said Howard Talenfeld, the president of Florida’s Children First. Talenfeld said the red flags should have caused DCF to act immediately when first heard on Thursday, not Friday or after the weekend.

Read the WSVN story here. Read a story from The Miami Herald here.

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