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‘Nubia’s Law’ ready for House vote

by Dara Kam | February 15th, 2012

A year after the death of 11-year-old Nubia Barahona, lawmakers are poised to approve changes regarding child abuse investigations state officials hope will make children safer.

Nubia Barahona’s decomposing body was found inside her father’s pickup in West Palm Beach a year ago Tuesday. Inside the truck, her twin brother Victor was found drenched in chemicals. The childrens’ adoptive parents Jorge and Carmen are now behind bars facing murder and neglect charges.

On Wednesday, the House gave a preliminary nod to a bill proposed by the Department of Children and Families prompted by shortcomings in the child welfare system exposed by the Barahona case.

In his introduction to the agency’s bill on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Jose Felix Diaz said that “Nubia’s tragic death” caused introspection by DCF officials who “saw what failed these kids and what failed in the system.”

Diaz’s bill (HB 803) includes new training programs for abuse hotline workers, establishes a unified database for abuse reports and increases salaries for child investigators.

The changes “will ensure that the lessons we learned because of the Nubia Barahona case are addressed,” Diaz, R-Miami, promised, “and will assure that our children are a little bit safer tomorrow than they are today.”

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3 Responses to “‘Nubia’s Law’ ready for House vote”

  1. AK Says:

    Nubia and Victor should have been sent to their relatives, who wanted them, and not given to the Barhonas who wanted them for the money only. Relatives should be considered FIRST and perhaps Nubia’s death would have been avoided. No mention of it in this bill. What a disaster Republicans have made of Floriduh and its laws.

  2. Yolanda Says:

    @ Ak, Maybe the family members were unfit, or had too many children of their own., this happens for dcf taking Nubia away at all rehabilitate the family, mom if possible THE best place for kids to be is with their MOTHER and FATHER.

    Not Floriduh,it’s Florida

  3. they dont enforce the laws they already have Says:

    If Florida’s DCF was the answer they should have protected the five brutally raped boys at the Green Isle/ Bridges of America Boys Ranch. When they called for help the sheriff standing right next to the brutal attacker and rapist both with smiles, covered up these crimes.

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