Barahona case: Two years later

Massive DCF changes implemented

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It was a Valentine's Day discovery you could only describe as heartbreaking.

Two years after 10 year old Nubia Barahona was found stuffed in the back of her adoptive father's pick-up truck, the Miami street she once called home is now known as Nubia Way.

While the state agency criticized for failing her is changing its way of responding to calls of child abuse.

The multi-million dollar DCF overhaul was inspired by the tragic scene along I-95 in West Palm Beach on February 14, 2011. It was there where Nubia's body was discovered along with her twin brother who was soaked in chemical,but alive.

The children's adoptive parents, Carmen and Jorge Barahona would eventually be accused of torturing the children daily. Both now face the death penalty, if convicted.

The case forced the state's Department of Children and Families to revamp its abuse hotline. It is now equipped with technology that quickly researches a family's history and can be sent to investigators before they arrive at a home.

By the end of this month, all DCF investigators will be trained on how to better deal with families.

It's a series of historic changes for the agency but changes inspired by a roadside scene that would become the portrait of the state's failures and the children who suffered for it.

 

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