Mom Accused of Torturing Son to Death Could Have Been Stopped

Unfortunately, child abuse happens every day, but this little boy went through sheer hell, the type of abuse that police say even "prisoners of war" don't see. Sweet-faced 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was allegedly forced to eat cat feces, his own vomit, and was doused with pepper spray -- not by his worst enemies, but by his own parents. Who were his worst enemies. His mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, are charged with his murder, and the details of what this little angel allegedly suffered over the course of eight months of torture will turn your stomach.

Police were called to the Fernandez house by Gabriel's mother, who says she found him barely breathing. Cops found the boy naked, with a cracked skull, three broken ribs, and BB pellets in his lungs and groin. Still, he held on, not dying until two days later at the hospital. At the very least, he died with strangers around him, who cared about him more than his caretakers allegedly ever did.

The list of alleged abuse is so disgusting, that I won't go into great detail here, but eating his own vomit was just the tip of the iceberg. He was also allegedly forced to wear girls' clothes to school, and slept in a locked cabinet and was not let out even to go to the bathroom. Once his mother allegedly hit him with a bat and knocked out several teeth.

And the truly unspeakable part? So many people could have saved him, and no one did. Teachers at his school reportedly called child services several times out of concern, and many visited his home, and yet nothing was ever done. One social worker even said she saw nothing wrong with him except a cold sore. (A teacher says this was actually a bloodied lip from abuse.)

How does this much systemic abuse happen and no one see how bad it was? A child has teeth one day, and the next does not?!

The couple reportedly covered up the abuse with a trail of forged doctors' notes, but even that should have rang some alarm bells. How many times does a child need a doctor?!

The little boy was allegedly so despondent, he even wrote a suicide note. Ugh, how awful that he was only on this planet for eight years and yet wanted to kill himself to get away from this horror.

Gabriel's case was so egregious that it led to an overhaul of the Los Angeles County foster care system. At least four people involved in his case were fired.

Everyone failed this poor child. The adults who should have done something failed him. His family failed him -- where were the grandparents with whom he had lived for the first two years of his life before his mother reclaimed him?

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And, of course, his parents failed him. Where was his father?

Innocent until proven guilty, but if the mother really did all of this horrible abuse, there are no words. She, and her boyfriend, if they are found guilty, deserve the harshest punishment there is.

This little boy never even knew there was such a thing as love in the world.


Image via Gabriel's Justice/Facebook

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gogoh... gogohas2babies

Poor angel. I hope he finds the love and peace he deserves now. I think the foster, child protection services on this continent is a joke. This kid needed someone to stand up for him and they failed him. I hope those people are also criminally charged. They allowed the abuse to continue because of a lack of interest. The service worker that claimed he had a cold sore? What a fail. A fail as a protector, human, and someone who could of helped save this little boy. My heart goes out to him. His mom should get the worst punishment. But really it's no surprise. This exists in this world. 

Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

This is just typical of the child welfare system. I can't believe anyone is surprised anymore at 1) How the child welfare system fails kids CONSTANTLY, 2) how parents beat and torture their kids, sometimes to death, all the time now a days, and 3) the fact that most of these parents/significant others of parents, get slaps on the wrists, and the people who SHOULD have stepped in get no punishment at all.

Why are people surprised anymore? This is everyday normal in the United States. It's how far our country has fallen. The most innocent and those needing the strongest protection are the ones most abused and expendable. Beat a baby? 2 or 3 years. Rape a baby? 3 -5 years. KILL a baby? Most people are sympathetic if it's the mother, and even if it's not the mom, usually 4 - 6 years.

You get more time for weed in this country. I'm ashamed to be an American.

the4m... the4mutts

The school officials are the only ones here who tried to help this child.

It's so sickening to see story after story of parents intentionally harming their children, and nothing being done about it.

How many more dead babies do we need to read about before someone steps up and defends the truly innocent? Moms argue every day about spanking, when shit like this is happening. We need to become advocates for victims of abuse, and stop nit-picking over silly parenting differences

Jacee... Jacee2348

This makes me sick to my stomach. Literally. I could not imagine having to sit through their trials and see pictures of the torture they inflicted on this poor baby. May they rot in hell. :(

Beth9210 Beth9210

Child services every where need to know when to take a child and when not to take a child. This child needed to be removed from his home, he needed to be placed in a home where people would have loved him and cared for him. I'm in a reverse of this Child services took my son.

vegana vegana

Cps are always taking the wrong kids out and the kids that really need help end up dying. It's a failed system

.Bad.... .Bad.Wolf.

Our 8 year old can be bad sometimes, but we would never get to a point that we thought it was ok to torture her. This sweet boy deserved so much better. Rest In Peace Gabriel :(

nonmember avatar melissa

So so so so heart breaking. And that's why i don't believe in a " higher power".

Carol Mckay

God bless you, wee Gabriel. Safe now in the arms of The Lord and free to fly with The Angels. Sleep in peace, precious boy.

My those responsible get everything they deserve, evil scrum!

nonmember avatar Me

Horrible,Poor little sweet Gabriel,makes me wanna cry.....Sadly these stories happen far too often...heartbreaking.

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