Nubia: "Terrible Things Will Happen To Me"

Abused girl was hesitant about being adopted, told child psychologist she and her brother thought of killing themselves

By Janie Campbell
|  Saturday, Mar 5, 2011  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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DCF Head Talks About Barahona Case

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A memorial is shown in front of the home of Victor and Carmen Barahona in Miami, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. Barahona was charged last week with attempted murder of his 10-year-old son Victor, also in the pesticide truck where the boy was found, his twin sister, Nubia Doctor, was found dead wrapped in plastic and doused with a toxic chemical. Barahona has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse for allegedly pouring chemicals on his son. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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While an independent review panel continues to investigate how the Department of Children and Families failed to protect abused twins Nubia and Victor Barahona, it has emerged that a then-7-year-old Nubia shared unsettling pre-adoption concerns with a child psychologist.

Nubia was "sure that terrible things are going to happen to her" if adopted by Jorge and Carmen Barahona, noted the psychologist according to a Miami Herald report.

The little girl also said she felt "alone," and called the psychologist her "best friend," and both twins revealed they thought of kiling themselves.

However, the adoption was approved in May 2009, and in February Nubia's decomposed body was found steeped in chemicals and stuffed in a bag in the bed of adoptive father Jorge Barahona's pickup truck. In the cab, police found her brother, alive but with broken bones, convulsing and badly burned by toxic chemicals.

Barahona, who was found passed out on the ground near the truck, has been charged with attemped murder in Victor's case; police have yet to file charges in his sister's death.

“We were getting signs [of abuse] early on,’’ said Jacqui Colyer, DCF’s top Miami administrator, to the panel reviewing the case. “But we didn’t tie it all together."

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