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Fla. Girl, 10, Found Dead, Twin Brother Burned, in Father's Pesticide Truck

Jorge Barahona (West Palm Beach Police Dept.)
Fla. Girl Dead In Toxic Truck; Brother Burned
Jorge Barahona
WFOR/West Palm Beach Police Dept.

(CBS/WFOR/AP) A 10-year-old girl's deteriorated dead body was discovered in her father's pesticide truck along with her critically injured twin brother, who investigators say was doused in acid by his father.

The pickup truck belonging to Jorge Barahona was found Monday along the side of Interstate 95 near West Palm Beach, Fla.

According to police documents obtained by CBS affiliate WFOR, the 53-year-old Barahona was lying on the ground near the truck with severe burns, apparently from gasoline he poured on himself because he wanted to commit suicide after he put his dead daughter in a bag and loaded her into the truck. The boy was in the front seat of the vehicle, having seizures.

Dr. Walter Lambert said the hospital was considering moving the boy, who has woken up a few times but hasn't spoken, to a burn unit.

The boy's burns, mostly below the waist, were reportedly getting worse and the doctor was having trouble treating him because he didn't know what kind of chemical was used.

Because of the toxic fumes at the scene, the girl's dead body wasn't located until hours later, officials told WFOR.

Barahona has been charged with aggravated child abuse, but authorities expect more charges, West Palm Beach city spokesman Chase Scott said. Barahona is in intensive care at a hospital.

The father told officers he gave his son a handful of sleeping pills and, with the boy's head in his lap, poured gasoline on himself, the report said. It's not clear when the father doused the boy, Victor, with acid.

The report claims the father's account of events is inconsistent.

During an initial hearing Thursday morning, a judge ordered that Barahona undergo a mental evaluation and be held on a $1 million bond.