Barahona family photos show contrast to alleged abuse
Updated On: Nov 18 2011 12:39:22 PM EST
New family photos released Wednesday show the Barahona twins in happier times, seeming to show a stark contrast to the abuse police say happened at their home before Nubia Barahona ultimately died.
The pictures were developed from a roll of Kodak film that detectives found during a search warrant after Nubia's body was found in the pickup truck of her adoptive father, Jorge Barahona, on the side of Interstate 95.
Jorge Barahona and his wife, Carmen Barahona, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse charges.
The pictures from the developed roll show Nubia, her twin brother, Victor, and two other siblings with Jorge and Carmen Barahona and birthday parties, holiday celebrations and family outings. Click here to see some of the images.
They provide a stark contrast to photos from another warrant that were released last week, which featured a small bathtub in the family home where Jorge and Carmen Barahona are accused of caging and beating the twins, who police said were bound with tape.
Victor Barahona told detectives that was where he was when he last heard Nubia screaming in their parents' bedroom while detectives believe Jorge Barahona was beating her to death.
The new pictures make it easier to understand some of what state caseworkers saw during the eight years the Barahonas progressed from fostering the twins from adopting them. The missed signs of alleged abuse and neglect came to light after Nubia died.
Meanwhile, a judge this week delayed a ruling on whether a South Florida couple accused of killing their adoptive daughter will be tried together or separately.
Prosecutors won't know whether they will use statements the couple made against each other until closer to trial. They asked Judge Sarah Zabel to revisit the issue then, and she agreed in Wednesday's ruling.
Defense attorneys had filed a motion requesting that Jorge and Carmen Barahona be tried separately.
The guardian who represents the children's interests expressed opposition to separate trials.
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