On Thursday, a California court found Isauro Aguirre guilty of torturing his girlfriend’s son to death. The man was sentenced to death. Pearl Fernandez, Aguirre’s girlfriend, received life in prison without parole sentence. More charges will follow, authorities declared.
California Man Forced Child to Sleep While Tied and Gagged
George Lomeli, the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, declared during Aguirre’s sentencing that what he and Fernandez did to 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was “evil” and “beyond animalistic.”
According to court documents, on the 22nd of May 2013, Pearl Fernandez called 911 to report that Gabriel, her son, lost consciousness and was no longer breathing.
An ambulance took Gabriel to the hospital. He would pass away two days later. The coroner determined that the 8-year-old boy died due to blunt trauma to the head.
Fernandez and Aguirre initially told the authorities that the boy lost consciousness after hitting his head against a kitchen counter. However, the homicide detectives managed to uncover the painful truth.
According to the authorities, Aguirre’s obsession with Gabriel’s sexual orientation fueled his homicidal leanings. Gabriel’s siblings told the authorities that the California man and his mother would often force him to go to school dressed like a girl.
Because Aguirre thought that Pearl’s was gay, he beat him, shot him with BB gun pellets, and would, at times, force him to eat cat feces. Moreover, as the prosecution noted, Gabriel would be bound and gagged at night and forced to sleep in a small closet.
When he was brought to the hospital, Gabriel had several broken ribs, scorch marks, and a skull fracture.
Superior Court Judge Lomeli announced after Aguirre’s sentencing that Patricia Clement and Stephanie Rodriguez, the social workers in charge of Gabriel, could also face legal consequences.
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