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Grand jury urges better training for DCF investigators



A Miami-Dade County grand jury is urging that the Department of Children and Families adopt better training and investigative skills for employees in the aftermath of the horrific killing of a 10-year-old girl.

The jury's report released Monday says DCF must beef up its law enforcement training for investigators looking into child abuse allegations. The report says DCF hotline counselors must learn how to properly classify cases so the most serious are investigated quickly.

The grand jury examined the circumstances surrounding the death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona. Her chemical-drenched body was found in a truck bed Feb. 14 along Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Her parents are charged with her death. Both have pleaded not guilty.

In a statement, a DCF spokeswoman said the agency has already begun revamping its abuse hotline, hiring more investigators and beefing up ties with local law enforcement.


Teen accused in mass shooting at party

A teen faces multiple charges after a mass shooting during a weekend party at a house. Johnny Barnes, 17, made his first appearance in court Monday. Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Susan Soto said he was arrested Sunday and charged with eight counts of attempted second-degree murder, one count each of carrying a concealed firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Ten people, including nine teens, were shot just before 11 p.m. Saturday at a house near Apopka. About 50 kids had gathered there for a birthday party. Six girls and four boys, ranging in age from 15 to 20 years old, were hurt. Authorities say at least one person was in critical condition.

Times wires

Grand jury urges better training for DCF investigators 07/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 9:02pm]
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