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Couple Charged in Torture Death of Boy

gabriel A 29-year-old mother and her boyfriend were charged with one count each of murder and a special circumstance of torture in the death of the woman’s son, Gabriel.

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LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — The arraignment for a Lancaster woman and her boyfriend accused of torturing and killing her 8-year-old son has been continued until October.

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Pearl Fernandez and Isuaro Aguirre were each charged with capital murder and torture.

Pearl Fernandez, 29, and Isuaro Aguirre, 32, both appeared in court Tuesday and were scheduled to return Oct. 7.

They have been charged with one count each of capital murder and a special circumstance of torture.

Paramedics responded to a call about a child needing help at an apartment in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10 on May 22.

Gabriel was found unconscious, with markings around his ankles suggesting he may have been tied up, police said.

He was also found to have cigarette burns on his body, a skull fracture and several broken ribs.

Gabriel was transported to an area hospital and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he died two days later.

During an interview, Aguirre admitted causing the injuries to the child, investigators said.

Fernandez, 29, admitted that she was present during the assault and did not intervene on behalf of the boy, police said.

Prosecutors were expected to ask that the pair be held without bail.

The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services fired two social workers and two supervisors in the wake of the boy’s death, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Records indicated that there had been more than six visits by social workers to the Fernandez home over the last decade.

There was an investigation with the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services that had been open for some 60 days.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) – The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services fired two social workers and two supervisors over the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was allegedly tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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Gabriel Fernandez

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced the firing of the workers during a board meeting Tuesday, the Times reported.

Paramedics responded to a call about a child needing help at an apartment in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10 on May 22.

Pearl Fernandez’s son, Gabriel, was found unconscious, with markings around his ankles suggesting he may have been tied up, police said.

He was also found to have cigarette burns on his body, a skull fracture and several broken ribs.

Gabriel was transported to an area hospital and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he died two days later.

During an interview, Fernadez’s boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, admitted causing the injuries to the child, investigators said.

Fernandez, 29, admitted that she was present during the assault and did not intervene on behalf of the boy, police said.

Fernandez and Aguirre were charged with one count each of capital murder and a special circumstance of torture.

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Pearl Fernandez, 29, and Isauro Aguirre, 32, were both charged with capital murder.

Records indicated that there had been more than six visits by social workers to the Fernandez home over the last decade.

There was an investigation with the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services that had been open for some 60 days.

A senior member of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services addressed the Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night regarding the alleged torture death of an 8-year-old boy in neighboring Palmdale.
Lancaster officials said Mayor R. Rex Parris called for the session with a children’s services representative to hear what steps the department is taking to avoid future such tragedies.
“I would like DCFS to report to us regarding what they are doing to make certain what occurred in Palmdale does not happen again to one of our children,” Parris said in a statement released by his city.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — Arraignment was continued on Tuesday for mother and her boyfriend for allegedly torturing and killing the woman’s 8-year-old son.

Pearl Fernandez, 29, and Isauro Aguirre, 32, were charged last month with one count each of capital murder and a special circumstance of torture.

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Pearl Fernandez, 29, and Isauro Aguirre, 32, were both charged with capital murder.

They were both expected in a Lancaster courtroom on Tuesday morning.

Authorities responded to a call about a child needing help at their apartment in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10 on May 22.

Fernandez’s son, Gabriel, was found unconscious, with markings around his ankles suggesting he may have been tied up, police said.

He was also found to have cigarette burns on his body, a skull fracture and several broken ribs.

Gabriel was transported to an area hospital and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he died two days later.

Two other siblings who were found in the apartment were taken into protective custody.

During an interview, Aguirre admitted causing the injuries to the child, investigators said.

The child’s mother admitted that she was present during the assault and did not intervene on behalf of the boy, police said.

Meantime, the boy’s teacher said there were plenty of warning signs and that more should have been done to protect him.

“One time, he told me that she shot him in the face with a BB gun,” Jennifer Garcia said.

“The mom said, ‘He’s going back with his grandma, I can’t handle him anymore,’ and we all thought that doesn’t sound right,” she said.

“We asked the deputy to go out and do a welfare check. I don’t know where that investigation went,” Garcia said.

Records indicated that there had been more than six visits by social workers to the Fernandez home over the last decade.

There was an investigation with the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services that had been open for some 60 days.

gabriel-picPALMDALE, Calif. — The Facebook page chronicling the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez — Gabriel’s Justice — has now received nearly 27,000 “likes” from viewers, thousands of whom have left comments about the Palmdale child’s death last week.

Fernandez’s skull was cracked, three ribs were broken and his skin was bruised and burned when emergency workers reached him. He had BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. Two teeth were knocked out of his mouth.

His mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder and torture. But records reported by The Times on Friday show Gabriel’s mother told paramedics that the boy’s injuries were a result of self-mutilation.

Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services had left Gabriel in the home despite six investigations into abuse allegations involving the mother over the last decade.

The child had previously written a note saying he was contemplating suicide. And his teacher told authorities he often appeared bruised and battered. For reasons that are not clear, all but one investigation was determined to be “unfounded.”

Click here to read the full story at LATimes.com.

The death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy has sparked outrage from his family and prompted questions from county officials, as documents showed the boy’s mother — charged with murder in his death — was previously investigated six times for abuse.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) A 29-year-old mother and her boyfriend were charged Tuesday with one count each of murder and a special circumstance of torture in the death of the woman’s son, Gabriel.
Pearl Sinthia Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre, 32, made their first court appearance Tuesday where their arraignment was postponed.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/28/couple-charged-with-capital-murder-in-torture-death-of-boy/#ixzz2UelWUAg5

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Pearl Sinthia Fernandez appears in court on May 28.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A 29-year-old mother and her boyfriend were charged Tuesday with one count each of murder and a special circumstance of torture in the death of the woman’s son, Gabriel.

Pearl Sinthia Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre, 32, made their first court appearance Tuesday where their arraignment was postponed.

Authorities received a call about a child needing help at an apartment in Palmdale around 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Gabriel Fernandez
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Gabriel, 8, was found unconscious, with markings around his ankles suggesting he may have been tied up, police said.

He was also found to have cigarette burns on his body, a skull fracture and several broken ribs.

Gabriel was transported to an area hospital and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Isauro Aguirre appears in court on May 28..

During an interview, Aguirre admitted causing the injuries to the child, detectives said.

The child’s mother admitted to being present during the assault and did not intervene on behalf of the boy.

Prosecutors would decide later whether they would seek the death penalty.

Two other siblings, ages 10 and 12, were found in the apartment, detective said.

They did not appear to be injured and were taken into protective custody.

PALMDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder after they allegedly tortured and killed an 8-year-old boy.

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