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Official: Sister, brother burned with chemical

Official: Sister, brother burned with chemical

Authorities searched the home of parents accused of abusing twin 10-year-olds _ a girl who was found dead in the back of a pickup truck and a boy who was critically injured in the front seat.
Police said the boy's father doused him with a chemical.
A chemical was also poured on the girl, Nubia, and it was difficult to determine if she had been abused before her death, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the case publicly. It's not clear if the chemical was poured on the girl before or after she died.
The father, Jorge Barahona, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse with a weapon for allegedly dousing his son Victor with at least one chemical.
He told police he loaded his dead daughter into the truck, got into the pickup with his son and planned to kill himself. The boy was found on Monday convulsing in seizures, overcome by the toxins. The father was nearby on the ground, unresponsive.
Barahona pleaded not guilty Friday. He is being held without bail and ordered not to have contact with Victor or other children.
Meanwhile, police were also interviewing his wife, Carmen Barahona. Child welfare officials said she repeatedly covered for her husband in the days before the twins were found. Law enforcement officials said the truck was so toxic several rescue workers were sickened and had to be treated.
Officials with the Department of Children and Families said they expect charges will be filed against the mother.
The couple, who adopted the twins out of foster care in 2008, have been the subject of three abuse investigations in the past few years.
A family member called the abuse hotline last week after the Barahonas' granddaughter claimed the twins were being tied up and locked in a bathroom.
On Friday, a judge removed the granddaughter from her mother's care amid concerns that family members knew about the twins' abuse but did nothing.
DCF officials said Friday the boy was still in critical condition, but has made some progress.
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Associated Press Writer Matt Sedensky contributed to this report from West Palm Beach, Florida.


Updated : 2021-10-23 04:30 GMT+08:00