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Adoptive father of slain girl: She tried to poison me

Soon after investigators believe Jorge Barahona beat his 10-year-old adopted daughter to death, he unexpectedly showed up to his sister’s house with the girl’s twin brother, Victor.

Victor sported a nasty cut to his lip. His wrist showed strange marks, as if someone had tied them together.

“What happened?” Laura Barahona asked her brother, according to a sworn statement released Wednesday, among 930 pages of documents made public by Palm Beach County prosecutors.

“I lost a child,’’ Jorge told his sister.

Barahona, she told detectives, struggled to explain himself: Nubia, he said, bolted from his truck near a Biscayne Boulevard motel. Then he suggested the girl was at home with his estranged wife. The marks on Victor’s wrists? He claimed his children were trying to poison him and had to be restrained.

“Let’s call the police. Turn yourself in,’’ Laura told her brother, according to a sworn statement. “Let me help you.’’

But Barahona did not turn himself in. Instead, he disappeared as Laura visited three police stations, and asked another brother to call state child welfare investigators in a desperate bid for help. None came.

Two days later, on Feb.14, Jorge was found by a road ranger slumped near his red pickup truck on the shoulder of Interstate 95. Victor, in the front seat nearby, was saturated with toxic chemicals.

The naked, decomposing body of Victor’s twin sister, Nubia, was found hours later, “folded’’ into a fetal position in a black garbage bag dumped in the truck’s flatbed.

Prosecutors in West Palm Beach — where Jorge Barahona is facing an attempted murder charge for harming Victor — released the documents Wednesday in response to media requests. In Miami-Dade, where he and wife Carmen Barahona are facing murder charges for Nubia’s death, a judge delayed ruling Wednesday on a similar request that defense lawyers are fighting.

The couple has pleaded not guilty. Full story by Diana Moskovitz, David Ovalle and Carol Marbin Miller here.

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