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Report cites 'fatal ineptitude' of DCF protection that led to child abuse and death



For the three-member panel that studied the horrific death of Nubia Barahona, it came down to all the red flags — one after another after another.

The school principal who warned that Nubia was “petrified’’ of her foster mother. The psychologist who reported that Nubia was depressed, had thoughts of killing herself, and had a sense that “something terrible’’ was going to happen. The nurse who said Jorge and Carmen Barahona were bad parents because they couldn’t take the time to attend their own daughter’s doctor appointments.

Looking back, the review team said Thursday, the evidence was overwhelming. Analyzing one aspect of the state’s handling of the case, the panel emphasized two words that may forever be associated with the people who were supposed to be protecting 10-year-old Nubia and her twin brother, Victor: “fatal ineptitude.’’ Read story by Carol Marbin Miller and Diana Moskovitz here.



[Last modified: Friday, March 11, 2011 7:41am]


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