The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

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“The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez leaves Netflix viewers in tears with graphic descriptions of modern day child abuse”

Gabriel Fernandenz was only 8 years old when he was brutally murdered by his evil mother Pearl and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre in 2013. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a heartbreaking documentary addressing how a child was consistently let down by a system when he most needed the help. Based on in-depth-reporting by L.A. Times journalist Garret Therolf, this documentary doesn’t shy away from detailing what this poor child went through during his short life; Gabriel was subjected to horrific torture, including repeatedly beatings, being shot in the face with a BB gun, forced to eat cat litter, locked up in a closet for hours, and pepper sprayed in the face. The cruel nightmare ultimately ended when his mother and boyfriend beat him to death. But even worse, the Department of Child and Family services and law enforcement were called to the scene multiple times before Gabriel’s death and no action was taken, eventually allowing his abusers to continue the torture until the horrific end.

This documentary does not only show torture inflicted on Fernandez by his mom and step-father and the failure of protective services, but also puts other shocking details on the agenda, included incompetent law enforcement, abuser’s homophobic motives for violence, horrifying evidence that was ignored by the system that could have potentially saved his life, Gabriel’s suicide note and pleas for his mothers love, how Gabriel’s murders where punished for the murder, but the social workers eventually were let off, and how Department of Child and Family Services also had failed in other similar cases. Unfortunately, the Gabriel Fernandez case is not unique. This is a heartbreaking documentary worth seeing, it can be found on Netflix.

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