In May of 2013, 8 year old Gabriel Fernandez was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend after suffering months of abuse and torture. The six episode documentary on Netflix shows the systematic failure of every person in Gabriel’s life.
School officials would try to report Gabriel’s bruises, burns and wounds to DCF, without success. Sheriff’s Department believed the mom saying the boy was lying, one deputy even cuffed Gabriel and put him into the back of the cop car. Social workers falsified documents. It is unimaginable that no one helped this child.
At the sentencing trial for Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre, the judge said this, “You want to say this conduct was animalistic, but that would be wrong. ‘Cause even animals know how to take care of their young.”
Investigative Reporter Garrett Therolf stated that by LA county’s own count, more than 150 children have died from abuse and neglect after receiving some DCF involvement since Gabriel’s death. Why is DCF not willing to help these children?