MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Accused child killer Jorge Barahona was beaten while he slept by five fellow inmates.
All five have been charged with battery by a detainee for the March 1 attack at the Miami-Dade County jail. Barahona, 53, suffered bruises on his face, a nosebleed, and a small cut on his nose, the Miami Herald reported.
His wife, Carmen Barahona, 69, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges last year and is expected to testify against Barahona. He faces the death penalty if convicted at trial.
The twins had originally been placed in the Barahona home under foster care, then were adopted by the couple.
Barahona’s trial was scheduled for last April but was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. It has yet to be rescheduled. He was granted a new defense attorney after it was revealed his previous lawyer is under investigation over discrepancies with his legal billing, the newspaper reported.
The jail attack on Barahona was not caught on surveillance video because the inmates tampered with the camera, according to a police report. The inmates charged in the attack ranged in age from 20 to 29.