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Jorge Barahona To Meet With Dade Public Defender

MIAMI (CBS4) - A Miami-Dade man charged in the death of his 10-year old adopted daughter and the torture of both she and her twin brother will meet with a county public defender later this month.

During a hearing Tuesday, a judge ruled that Jorge Barahona, 53, will meet with a Miami-Dade public defender on March 28th. When the public defender requested that Barahona be allowed to stay for a week, the judge said that would depend on if Barahona's defense attorney in West Palm Beach agreed to it.

According to the arrest affidavit for Barahona's wife, Carmen, their adopted daughter Nubia was beaten to death by Barahona, on February 10th, the same day a therapist called the Department of Children and Families to report that the girl and her twin brother Victor were routinely tied up and kept locked in a bathroom.

The warrant stated she was "repeatedly punched and beat about her body while she screamed and cried until she was dead." The therapist reportedly received the information from a Carmen's granddaughter who often stayed in the home.

Four days after Nubia was beaten to death, her body was found in the back of Barahona's pick up truck parked off I-95 in West Palm Beach; her brother was chemically burned, but still alive, in the front seat of the truck.

Carmen Barahona is jailed in Miami-Dade, Jorge Barahona in Palm Beach County; both are being held without bond.

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