Report: Social Workers Fired in Wake of Boy’s Torture Death

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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.

Gabriel Fernandez
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.

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.

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