Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Gabriel Fernandez: Mom, boyfriend sentenced for little boy's senseless torture & murder

Gabriel Fernandez Gabriel Fernandez
Steven Clarke | 09 June, 2018, 08:13

Fernandez's boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was convicted of first-degree murder on November 15 and a jury found true the allegation that the defendant tortured the victim. "It goes without saying that the conduct was horrendous and inhumane and nothing short of evil", he continued.

Justice was handed down Thursday for the torture and murder of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy, Gabriel Fernandez, in the form of a life sentence for his mother and a death sentence for her boyfriend. Los Angeles County state court Judge George Lomeli sentenced 37-year-old Isauro Aguirre after he was convicted late last year of first-degree murder in the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. In LA County, which has had serious problems with their Department of Children and Family Services, supervisors appointed a child protection czar, initiated a number of child welfare reforms and the DA brought criminal charges against County social workers who visited the home repeatedly and knew of at least six reports of abuse yet failed to removed Gabriel from a clearly unsafe home situation. Gabriel died two days later after being removed from life support.

Jurors recommended last December 13 that Aguirre be sentenced to death after convicting him of first-degree murder and the special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture. His girlfriend, 34-year-old Pearl Fernandez, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in February.

As sad as it is, while several agencies investigated abuse allegations leading up to Gabriel's death, nothing was ever done to protect the child. She added that understand that the defendants are the ones to blame for Gabriel's death. "I wish I could have saved Gabriel", Fernandez said. Gabriel was a kind, loving individual who just wanted to be loved. "It is unimaginable the pain this child probably endured".

After Gabriel finally succumbed to the abuse, medics found that he had a cracked skull, three broken ribs and BB pellets embedded in his lung, according to the LA Times. In a prepared statement she said she was sorry.

In a statement, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the case "showed how evil cannot only inflict lasting damage to those who loved Gabriel but our society as well". "Every day I wish that I made better choices".

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A jail chaplain who has met with Fernandez told the court that she loved her son and is a different woman today than when she walked into jail.

Pictured, Gabriel Fernandez who was beaten to death in Palmdale at age 8.

Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami told jurors during their trial: 'For eight straight months, he was abused, beaten and tortured more severely than many prisoners of war'.

During her testimony in Aguirre's trial, Garcia said it fell to her to explain to the boy's classmates at Summerwind Elementary School in Palmdale that he was not coming back to class because he had died.

James Kemp Ribe, from the LA County Coroner's Office offered further detail of the scale of the abuse, saying: 'I have never seen this many skin injuries on one child'.

Prosecutors have since filed charges of child abuse and falsifying records against four county social workers in Gabriel's death.

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