On May 28, 2013, an Antelope Valley, California couple was charged with the capital murder of the woman’s 8-year-old son, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, have each been charged with one count of murder and a special circumstance of torture, according to an announcement made by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The boy, Gabriel Fernandez, died May 24 at a hospital after paramedics were summoned to his home in Palmdale. He was not breathing and it was later determined he had suffered a skull fracture, a number of broken ribs, and several burns, prosecutors told the Times.
During police interviews, Aguirre allegedly admitted causing the boy’s injuries, while Gabriel’s mother, Fernandez, allegedly said she did nothing to stop the beating, according to KTLA.
The Daily News Los Angeles reports that two other children in the residence have been taken into protective custody by the Dept. of Children and Family Services. The website also notes that officials have stated this is not the first time authorities have had contact with Fernandez due to the boy’s treatment.
According to the report, Gabriel’s grandfather told reporters that concerned neighbors had called DCFS in the past.
County Supervisor Michael Antonovich announced that an investigation into why the system did not work in this case is now being conducted.
“We need to know where the breakdown was in the services recommended and why this child was not removed from those living conditions,” he said, reports the Daily News Los Angeles.
Aguirre and Fernandez are being held behind bars without bail.
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