Barahona Boy Can Live With Texas Uncle: Judge

Victor Barahona told judge he didn't want to live in Florida anymore

By Todd Wright
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 11:11 AM EDT
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Jennifer Perez, the daughter of Carmen Barahona, is in the process of trying to get visitation with her children.

Jennifer Perez, the daughter of Carmen Barahona, is in the process of trying to get visitation with her children.

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The survivor in a horrific child abuse case may have a new home far away from Florida.

Victor Barahona, 11, will be allowed to live with his uncle in Texas for the foreseeable future, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Friday, according to the Miami Herald.

The boy is the adopted son of Jorge and Carmen Barahona, who both face murder and child abuse charges for a Feb. 14 incident that made national headlines and forced state officials to revamp the child welfare system.

The boy's uncle has said he wants to adopt and raise Victor.

Nubia, Victor's twin sister, was found dead and stuffed in a container in the back of Jorge Barahona's pest control truck. The truck was found on the side of the road near West Palm Beach with Jorge Barahona passed out in the driver's seat and Victor suffering from severe chemical burns in the passenger seat.

After he recovered for his injuries, Victor was allowed to spend the summer in Texas, but prosecutors wanted the boy back in Miami to testify against his parents.

A three-day, closed hearing was held to determine if Victor should remain in Florida, the Herald reported. During the hearing, the boy allegedly told the judge he didn't want to live in Florida anymore.

Police reports stated that the Barahonas would routinely abuse the twins and tied them up and neglected to feed them. 

The Barahonas have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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