DCF Officials Could Have Saved Girl Found Dead In Truck Along I-95
|Palm Beach County Jail|
In a hearing yesterday afternoon in Miami, Judge Cindy Liederman reportedly lambasted DCF officials for missing the warning signs in a case that ultimately led a child's death.
Both Barahona and his adopted son, Victor, were found unconscious in the truck. The boy, now in intensive care with a deteriorating condition, was covered in a toxic chemical, and Barahona was covered in gasoline. Police say the man told them he gave the boy sleeping pills and planned on setting himself on fire.
That day, a DCF investigator interviewed Carmen Barahona, Jorge's wife, and she said her husband had left and taken the children. Authorities told Judge Liederman they now believe Carmen was lying and "secreting" the children.
"So we don't do investigations on weekends?" an incredulous Liederman reportedly asked in court.
At the end of the hearing, the judge ruled that the mother was barred from any contact with the three surviving children. Police say they plan to arrest Jorge Barahona on aggravated child abuse, and that he would likely face murder charges soon.
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