Police search Barahona home with K-9s
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have executed a search warrant at the home of an accused child abuser and attempted murderer.
Jorge Barahona is charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated child abuse after his adopted 10-year-old son, Victor, was found in his truck covered in an unknown chemical and that boy's twin sister, Nubia, was found dead in the pickup's bed, on Feb. 14.
That truck was found stopped by the side of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach with Barahona also covered in an unknown chemical, lying unresponsive outside the pickup truck. He currently sits behind bars in a Palm Beach County jail. The boy, Victor, remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital's burn unit.
Early Wednesday afternoon, at the top of noon, according to a neighbor, several plain-clothes police officers were seen walking around the home Barahona shared with his wife Carmen Barahona, located at 11501 SW 47th Terrace.
Detectives from both Miami-Dade and the West Palm Beach Police Departments were both on the property. They focused much of their attention on a shed at the back of the house, but remained tight-lipped on what, if anything, they found.
A neighbor who wished to remain anonymous described the activity and noticed what he thought were cadaver dogs on the scene Wednesday. He also noted that detectives removed evidence. "[Police] left with bags of what they call evidence when they left out of here," he said. "They left with a couple different garbage bags."
Neighbor James Sheppard said he could often smell a foul order emitting from the property. "There's a distinct smell between sewer and something dead," he said. "I mean, you ever smell a dead body on the side of the road?"
Sheppard also said he never noticed the presence of a young girl at the home. "I never even knew a little girl lived there," he said. "I've been here 15 years. I never knew they had a little girl there. Family service gets called, they don't do nothing about it."
Miami-Dade Police have confirmed they are assisting in the investigation for West Palm Beach Police, who are the lead agency in this case.
There was some good news to report out of this tragic case. At a juvenile hearing Wednesday, a therapist revealed that Victor will be released from the hospital soon. "He's doing very, very well," said Jack Lambert. "From a medical standpoint, his discharge is likely ... probably Friday."
Meanwhile, parents whose children went to school at Blue Lakes Elementary with the twins have planned a memorial for the deceased child. Melinda Arana organized the memorial service. "A lot of the parents have expressed their concerns to us," she said, "and we decided to come together and do something for her."
Her daughter, fifth grader Amanda Arana, was a friend of the victim. "We would like to say that she's in a better place right now, and we love her very much," said the younger Arana.
The memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 10700 SW 56th St.
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