Dad in toxic truck case charged with attempted murder
Jorge Barahona has been charged with attempted murder.
February 17th, 2011
10:48 PM ET

Dad in toxic truck case charged with attempted murder

Jorge Barahona, whose dead daughter and injured son were found in his pest-control truck beside a Florida interstate, has been charged with attempted murder, and police were executing a search warrant on his Miami home Thursday night, police said.

The bizarre series of events involving Barahona and two of his four adopted  children began Monday about 5:30 a.m., when a roadside assistance ranger with the Florida Department of Transportation stopped to check a red Toyota pickup parked on the side of the highway near West Palm Beach and found the 10-year-old boy inside next to an open gas can, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed by detectives.

The boy "appeared to be in respiratory distress and (was) trembling," and his clothing "was soaked with an unknown chemical," the affidavit said.

The ranger then found Barahona on the ground beside the truck and called for help.

The boy was hospitalized in intensive care with severe burns to his abdomen, upper thighs and buttocks, the affidavit said. While examining the boy, doctors noted he had sustained previous injuries, including a broken collarbone, a broken arm, scarring to his buttocks and lower abdomen, and ligature marks on both wrists, police said.

After Barahona and his son were taken to a hospital, a worker decontaminating the truck discovered the body of the girl, wrapped in a plastic bag, the document said.

The 53-year-old exterminator suffered a self-inflicted injury Thursday morning after deputies told him to get ready to go to a court hearing, West Palm Beach Police spokesman Scott Chase said.

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  1. stacy

    WHAT ABOUT THE ADOPTIVE MOTHER? SHOULDN'T SHE BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR DOING NOTHING WHILE THESE CHILDREN WERE BEING ABUSED? EVEN IF SHE NEVER TOUCHED THEM,SHE NEVER STOPPED IT EITHER. SHE SHOULD BE TRIED RIGHT ALONG WITH HER DEMENTED HUSBAND.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. tazz

    children r to be worshiped never beat or torchered this man should get done the same nd then some. as for the system it never works right

    February 18, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    May that poor little boy survive his heinous injuries, get the therapy he will most likely need, and live on to achieve the life his father (allegedly, ha!) tried to deny him. May that poor girl's soul find the peace she deserves. And may Karma work it's wonderful way with that father!

    February 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. tazz

    the mother will probly be an asbused women nd they always get off. as for the other childer i pray they get the help they need to get trew all this nd lead healthy happey lives far away from those two people. may the littel girl be at peace for the first time in no pain nd may her brother recover

    February 18, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. reddnekmoma

    send him to texas' huntsville know how to deal with people like him. they call it death roll.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. tazz

    as a mother of four children with four toatally dif personallities i just dont understand how people could do these things my kids r my wold and not only would i never hurt them and god help anyone who ever tries a parents job is to protect there children from harm never cause it. i just dont understand people any more to many r so sick nd twisted they dont deserve to be treated fairly

    February 18, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. blah

    tazz, I hope your children can spell better than you. I get your message, but it was incredibly painful to decipher.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Attempted Murder? A child died as well. I will assume that will be forthcoming.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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