Girl's Body Found in Dad's Truck, Covered in Acid

Her twin brother, 10, is in intensive care
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2011 5:15 PM CST

It's one of the more horrific allegations of a child abuse to come along for some time: Florida police found the corpse of a 10-year-old girl, covered in acid, in the back of her adopted father's truck. Her twin brother was in the front seat, nearly overcome by toxic fumes, and is recovering in intensive care from previous injuries including a broken arm and collar bone. Their adopted father, 53-year-old Jorge Barahona, was found outside the truck and has been charged with aggravated child abuse for now, reports CNN.

The story coming together suggests the twins were adopted by Jorge and his wife and subjected to systemic abuse, including being bound by their hands and feet and forced to stay in the bathroom, reports the Miami Herald. State authorities had two previous reports of something amiss, including one on Feb. 10, but took no action against the parents. A heart-wrenching detail from the Herald: An investigation finally began when the couple's biological granddaughter told her therapist she wanted to break open her piggy bank to help the twins escape. Click for more. (More child abuse stories.)

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