(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- After the tragic death of 10-year-old Nubia Docter, Miami-Dade County officials will launch a campaign to combat child abuse and honor the young girl with her own street co-designation. On Friday, October 21, 2011, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Commissioner Javier D. Souto and other members of the Miami-Dade Commission, and personnel from various County departments will unveil “Nubia Way” near the intersection of SW 117th Avenue and 47th Terrace at 10 a.m. Joanne Muniz, the former president of the Blue Lakes Elementary PTA, where Nubia attended school, will also be present.
Nubia’s story made headlines when her body was found in the back of a pickup truck on the side of I-95 in West Palm Beach on February 14. Her decomposed remains were found in a garbage bag in the flatbed, while her brother was found in the vehicle covered in toxic chemicals; he was treated in Jackson Memorial’s burn unit. Their adoptive father, Jorge Barahona, was also found unconscious by the truck. Miami-Dade Police would later learn through their investigation that the children were the victims of abuse at the hands of their adoptive parents.
In 2004, twins Nubia and Victor were placed in foster care with Jorge and Carmen Barahona. Despite reports by her Guardian Ad Litem that there were problems at home, a nurse noting that Nubia had medical needs, and school officials reporting that Nubia went to school dirty, hungry, and crying that she was scared to go home, the adoption of Nubia and Victor by the Barahonas was finalized in 2008. Just days before Nubia’s death, a tip was placed with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) reporting suspected abuse within the Barahona home.
This past May, Commissioner Souto drafted a resolution to bring more awareness to Nubia’s plight and that of children who suffered abuse just like her. Along with co-designating a street in her memory, Commissioner Souto also urged launching a campaign that would inform residents to call a special hotline if they suspected a child being abused. The poster being used in the campaign will also be unveiled at this event. The posters will be installed in County and Miami-Dade County Public School facilities to better inform the public.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Souto’s office at 305-222-2116.