Arraignment Delayed for Mom, Boyfriend Charged in Boy’s Torture Death

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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.

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.

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