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Inmates beat up man accused of torturing adopted daughter for months before killing her

GRAPHIC WARNING: This story details graphic child abuse. Discretion is advised.

Five Florida inmates are facing new charges after beating up a man accused of torturing his step-daughter and step-son for years, before killing the girl and putting her chemical-soaked body in the back of his pickup truck, according to the Miami Herald.

Police say on March 1, the inmates tampered with a surveillance camera before jumping 53-year-old Jorge Barahona in his sleep. The accused child killer had multiple bruises on his face, a nosebleed and a cut on his nose, according to police.

The inmates charged with attacking Barahona are:

Armando Verdecia, 21 years oldHakeem Drane, 24 years oldKlauss Moise, 20 years oldDevaun Spaulding, 27 years oldOscar Martinez, 29 years old

Jorge Barahona mugshot. (Dade County Jail)

Barahona is accused of torturing two twins he adopted; 10-year-old Nubia Barahona and her brother. The brother survived the abuse while his twin sister did not.

Authorities found Nubia's body on Feb. 14, 2011, in the back of her father's pickup truck. Nubia's body as well as the surviving twin, had both been soaked in chemicals.

Feb. 14, 2011 crime scene of Jorge Barahona's pickup truck where the body of his 10-year-old adopted daughter was found, doused with chemicals. (WPEC)

Jorge Barahona and his wife 69-year-old Carmen Barahona adopted the twins after fostering them. Carmen already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse and is set to testify against Jorge at this trial, which had been delayed because of COVID-19.

The case was a major controversy for Florida's Department of Children & Families. The department received numerous abuse complaints about Jorge and Carmen Barahona, but little was done to protect the children. After a lawsuit, the state paid the surviving twin a $5 million settlement.

Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami said:

Diaz also said the Department of Children & Families “had many red flags they did not pay attention to."

The Florida Senate detailed the graphic and disturbing child abuse in a 2016 special master report, which stated:

"On February 14, 2011, [survivor] and [Nubia] were found in a pest control truck owned by their adoptive father, Jorge Barahona, along the side of I-95 in Palm Beach County. [Nubia] was dead, and [survivor] was severely injured and covered in chemicals. The adoptive parents, Jorge and Carmen Barahona, tortured the children in numerous ways, likely since gaining custody of them in 2004."

Nubia and her twin brother had troubled lives since birth. Their biological mother had substance abuse problems and was arrested for domestic violence when the kids were 2-years-old. The children were then placed in the custody of their biological father. Two years later, their father was charged with sexual battery against a minor not related to him. The children were removed from the home and placed in foster care with Jorge and Carmen Barahona in 2004.

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