How L.A. County Officials Failed to Save 8-Year-Old Gabriel Fernandez From Years of Abuse, Torture

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Pearl Sinthia Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre, charged with the murder and torture of Fernandez’s 8-year-old son Gabriel, appear in Antelope Valley Superior Court on Nov. 19, 2013, when their arraignment was postponed. (Credit: KTLA)

The case of Gabriel Fernandez, a child who was killed after having been beaten, burned and shot with BBs, took a new twist when four social workers were charged with child abuse.

Here is summary of the case:

A horrific scene

In May 2013, paramedics arrived at a Palmdale home to find 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez not breathing. His skull was cracked, three ribs were broken and his skin was bruised and burned. He had BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. Two teeth were knocked out of his mouth. Gabriel died two days later.

His mother’s boyfriend told authorities that he beat Gabriel repeatedly for lying and “being dirty,” according to records. The child’s mother and her boyfriend were charged with murder and torture.

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