Gabriel Fernandez Biography-Wikipedia
Gabriel Fernandez was an American eight-year-old boy from Palmdale, California, who was abused and tortured over a period of months. On May 22, 2013, Gabriel succumbed after a fatal beating from his parents.
Pearl Fernandez, the boy’s mother, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, were charged and convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture. Isauro Aguirre was sentenced to death while his girlfriend, Pearl Fernandez was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Throughout Fernandez’s eight months stay with his mother and Aguirre, multiple people reported signs of abuse to social workers with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Despite the many cases filed, Fernandez was never removed from his household. The lack of any action being taken led to several concerns over the effectiveness and efficiency of social services in Los Angeles County. This led to four social workers being criminally charged in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Gabriel Fernandez Age
Gabriel Fernandez was born on February 20, 2005, in Palmdale, California. Upon his death on May 24, 2013, Gabriel was 8 years old.
Gabriel Fernandez Mother
Pearl Fernadez is the mother to the late Gabriel Fernandez who died after a brutal beating from his mother and her boyfriend. Pearl gave out his son to his gay uncles just after both as she argued she was not ready to take care of the baby.
Years later, the grandparents of Gabriel took him with them where his mother came back and took him. The biological father of Gabriel was in and out of prison and had never got a chance to see his son.
Gabriel Fernandez Siblings
Fernandez was the last of three children. During his predicament at his own home, his siblings had no control to help. Their parents hardly hit the rest of the children but not so much for Gabriel.
Gabriel Fernandez Story
The biological mother of Gabriel Fernandez, Pearl Fernandez was awarded child custody of Gabriel in 2012 reportedly so that she could get welfare benefits. Despite the concerns of her family that had been taking care of the child, Pearl Fernandez was given custody.
Her family argued that she was not stable to take care of the child and that she was neglectful towards other children. Gabriel was then moved in with his mother and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre. Fernandez Gabriel was systematically abused and tortured while in the household of Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre for eight months.
He was tortured and abused in many ways which included being forced to eat cat litter and feces and if he dared to vomit he was forced to eat his vomit. He was also regularly beaten which caused broken bones, burned in various parts of the body, shot in various areas of the body including the face and groin with a BB gun, forced to sleep bound and gagged in a small cupboard, forced to wear female clothing, burned with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed, given cold baths, and forced to eat spoiled or expired foods.
When his siblings were asked about the reaction of the parents while torturing their brother, they said that they would be laughing. Aguirre reportedly abused Fernandez because he believed he was homosexual; there is no evidence that Fernandez was in fact, homosexual.
The abuse did not extend to Fernandez’s siblings. Pearl Fernandez, Gabriel’s mother called 9-1-1 on May 22, 2013, to report that her child, Gabriel Fernandez was not breathing. Gabriel and had been fatally beaten by his mother and Aguirre after failing to clean up his toys.
Upon arrival at Fernandez’s place, the first responders found Gabriel on the ground naked with several injuries. When Aguirre was asked, he explained to them that Fernandez was “gay”.Gabrielle was rushed by the paramedics to the hospital where the doctors declared him brain dead.
On May 24, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez passed away just two days after his admission at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Gabriel died at an early age of eight. His official autopsy declared he died of blunt force trauma coincided with neglect and malnutrition.
Gabriel Fernandez Case | Gabriel Fernandez Trial
Pearl Fernadez, Gabriel’s mother, and her girlfriend Isauro Aguirre were arrested on May 23, 2013. Fernandez was arrested for felony child endangerment while Aguire was arrested for attempted murder.
After the death of Gabriel Fernandez, the two (Pearl and Aguirre) were both charged with first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture. The prosecutors pursued the death penalty. On February 15, 2018, Pearl Fernandez pleaded guilty to her charge as part of a plea to avoid the death penalty but was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
While in court she stated, “I want to say I’m sorry for what happened. I wish Gabriel was alive. Every day I wish that I would have made better choices. I’m sorry to my children, and I want them to know that I love them.”
While Pearl accepted and pleaded guilty, Isauro Aguirre pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture, and the case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami and Deputy District Attorney Scott Yang.
The jury selection began for the case in September 2017. The prospective jurors were given questionnaires and were informed that the trial could last as long as six weeks. They were also told that the trial would additionally involve “extensive internal and external injuries” of the victim.
The jury was composed of seven women and five men. Upon the beginning of the trial, jurors were given details about extensive abuse Gabriel Fernandez went through in the months preceding his fatal beating.
Prosecutor Jon Hatami called Aguirre “pure evil” and argued that he deserved the death penalty even though it “doesn’t even compare to what he did to Gabriel”. Defense attorney John Alan agued hat Aguirre was considered to be “kind” and “compassionate” during his employment at the retirement facility, and that he had never committed a crime before meeting Pearl Fernandez.
On November 14, 2017, the jury deliberation began and a verdict was reached the next day in the afternoon. In the end, the jury found Aguire guilty of first-degree murder and guilt of the circumstances of torture charges.
The jury deliberation began for the sentencing phase on December 11, 2017. The following day, the jury was deadlocked; however, on December 13 they decided to recommend the death penalty, which was accepted by Judge George G. Lomeli.
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