Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

February 25, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Follick, DCF Communications Director
(850) 488-4855

Department Statement on Miami Herald Legal Action

Tallahassee, FL – Our focus at this time remains on the well-being of the Barahona children who have suffered so much. We are equally focused on working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that justice is pursued and those responsible for this terrible tragedy face judgment in the court system.

The Department has taken the unprecedented step of quickly creating a separate website - - where the public can review thousands of pages of documents, public statements and news releases related to the Barahona tragedy. Today, the first meeting of the Barahona Investigative Team is being held in Miami to begin an external review. We believe that sharing our work with the public is not only the right thing to do, it is the only path to improvement.

The most recent investigation of the Barahona family is a critical part of the criminal investigation. Our law enforcement partners have asked that details of this still incomplete DCF investigation be kept confidential so that the criminal investigation and interviews are not compromised. Attached is a letter from State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County that we received on Thursday. We agree that protecting the integrity of the judicial and investigative process is not only the morally correct decision, but one that is enforced by Florida law as well.


Read the letter from the Office of the State Attorney in Palm Beach.

Read the letter from the Office of the State Attorney in Miami Dade.