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. erin

    Bound and gag him in a bathroom and torch his ass

    February 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I see, so you do not respect, like or wish to have law and order or that silly consti tution thing?
      No need for a trial, just summarily execute someone because their crime is disgusting and heinous.
      We'll not stop there though, we'll even go for cell phones and texting in school zones.
      And jaywalking...

      February 18, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. ToxicAvenger

    No questions asked. If found guilty this guy should be castrated then locked away forever.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I see, so the castration is to prevent him from ADOPTING a child ever again?
      Perhaps you should spend more time on the planet, so you could learn a few facts...

      February 18, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Metropl

    They should try him and render appropriate punishment for these crimes. We need to get a jury on this.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      That MIGHT be why he was charged with a crime. To do that getting a jury onto it.
      And if convicted, the judge does that sentencing thing.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    This is America. Get him a lawyer, get him his trial, get him his American sympathizers, then give him his bye-bye shot.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      But, out of a bit of spiteful vengeance, may they have trouble with the needle finding the vein for a bit...
      People, I'm as disgusted, if not MORE, due to some personal life experiences, as you are.
      My heart cries for blood. BUT, we ARE a people of law. Or we are a mob.
      I FAR prefer law. I've saw TOO much of mob in my life.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Askmehow

    Latest comments by DCF in an attempt to cover up.
    Wilkins (Head of DCF) said Fleary (DCF investigator) was obviously rattled by the hearing and that what she said in court was not accurate.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dgbenn

    where were the authorities before this unhuman being adopted these children. someone didn't do a very good job in investigating his background before the adoption. there are no words suitable for what this man has done. anyone having to deal with this case please think of these children as if they were your own. a slow painful punishment like the chemical torture that was done to the boy in his care is not enough for barahona.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    "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"

    haha. yeah right. in this case, good on the police for messing him up..

    February 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bill

    He will get a lawyer and plead insanity. So lame. He probably is insane but he should still never go free and we should not waste our money or scarce medical resources trying to make him "better". He should rot in jail and and the medical care should be given to someone who needs it and did NOT kill someone.

    February 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I see! So, since his crime was disgusting to you, or his illness is disgusting to you, he no longer deserves medical treatment.
      Sorry, the REST of us live in the world of FACT. *IF* he is proved insane, he'll get treatment and remain confined.
      IF he is proved insane but repsonsible for his actions, he will be treated AND punished.
      And if he's proved sane, he'll be punished.
      We have NO interest on how you do things on the planet Stupidia.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. AB

    When this man is found guilty, he really deserves to die a slow and painful death!

    February 18, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Think before you speak. Do we have a consti tution or not? It's one or the other.
      We have one for ALL or none.
      If we're going for none, good. I'll be the Emperor.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jess

    The man is not human, he should get nothing but the death penalty.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Aboiyar

    Jail his ass for good. The judge should not be a insane too.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lori

    The inmates in jail will handle it until he goes to court.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I see! So, the innocent until proved guilty in a court of law is WRONG. That entire amendment nonsense is worthless.
      We punish first and last, THEN try the accused.
      Want to know what YOUR punishment before trial for sedition and treason is?
      A small hint, there'd be no need for a trial...
      Want to THINK instead of speak?

      February 18, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Iyana

    My heart goes out to the little boy. Be strong and brave young man, for this too shall pass.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. AMERICA 1st

    Start chopping body parts off, starting with his crotch, while he stands and watches it being done

    February 18, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Yep! THEN, we hold the trial. And if convicted, do it again. Even IF he adopted foster children, that is irrelevant. Just like facts are to some.
      Now, get out of the country. You're too stupid to be permitted to live here. You make too good a case in favor of eugenics.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Usa

    Wow,really. did this happen. Send this sick low dwn dirty dog to hell first class duck taped to the front of a plane. Sick S.O.B. God seen him..he will pay for it.Peace.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Cool! "God seen him... He'll pay for it". We can let him walk then. Because God reported back to you and assured you he'd take care of it...

      February 18, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
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