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DCF appoints panel to review abuse of twins in foster care

Florida’s top social service administrator has appointed a panel of child welfare experts to determine what went wrong in the state’s efforts to protect 10-year-old Nubia and Victor Barahona — and two of the three panelists are veterans of high-profile child death cases.

David Wilkins, secretary of the state Department of Children and Families, called for a management review of the circumstances that led to the death on Feb. 14 of Nubia Barahona, and the horrific injury of her twin brother, Victor. The new panel’s meetings will be “in the sunshine’’ — open to the public, he said.

At a Monday morning news conference, Wilkins said Victor — who was doused with as-yet unidentified chemicals and suffered severe burns — is improving at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s burn center. Wilkins declined to discuss the boy’s condition further out of respect for his privacy and the confidentiality of medical records, he said.

Jorge Barahona, the adoptive father of the twins, has been charged with aggravated abuse and attempted murder in Victor’s case. No one have been charged in Nubia’s death. More here. Download Sec. Wilkins statement 2.21.11[1] Download Barahona release 2.21.11

-- Carol Marbin Miller