(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- During the May 3, 2011 Miami-Dade Commission meeting, Commissioner Javier D. Souto's colleagues approved his resolution to co-designate a portion of SW 47th Terrace as "Nubia Way" in honor of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona, who was found killed on February 14, 2011 as the victim of child abuse. The roadway will also include signage with a brief description of Nubia's story, and a child abuse hotline number urging residents to report suspected abuse to avoid another tragedy like Nubia's. At a later date to be announced, SW 47th Terrace from SW 107th Avenue to SW 117th Avenue will be co-designated as "Nubia Way" in a special ceremony.
Nubia Barahona faced horrific abuse for much of her short life. She was born along with her twin brother Victor at Jackson Memorial Hospital to a homeless drug addicted mother and a father that was later accused of assaulting another child. In 2004, Nubia and Victor were placed in foster care with Jorge and Carmen Barahona. Despite signs of abuse and mistreatment, 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.
On February 14, police in West Palm Beach discovered a pickup truck on the side of Interstate 95. Nubia's decomposed body was found in a garbage bag in the flatbed. Her brother was found in the vehicle covered in toxic chemicals and was treated in Jackson Memorial's burn unit. 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 fact, 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.
"Since Nubia did not have a loving family to remember her, she has her community to remember her. These signs will serve to remind anyone who sees 'Nubia Way' who this little girl was and hopefully convince someone who may know of an incidence of child abuse to call the hotline and potentially save a life," said Commissioner Souto. "It is unconscionable that we as a community allow another child to fall through the cracks like this again."
In addition, Commissioner Souto asked County Manager Alina Hudak to assist his office with creating a poster with Nubia's photo and story, and the child abuse hotline asking the public to report any suspected child abuse. The posters would be installed in Miami-Dade libraries, park facilities and other County buildings
If you suspect a child who may be a victim of abuse, please call the DCF abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873.