I first wrote about 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez about three-and-a-half years ago—see that post HERE.
One day Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, caught Gabriel playing with dolls; the next day they sent him to school in a dress.
After that Gabriel Fernandez was regularly beaten by his mother and Aguirre; they hit him with a baseball bat—knocking out several of his teeth—and they shot him in the groin with a BB in the groin; he was doused with pepper spray; he was forced to eat his own vomit; he was locked in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth; he was whipped with a belt.
All because Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre thought he was gay.
On May 22, 2013, Gabriel was taken to his room by his mother while Isauro followed with a baseball bat. One of his siblings later said you could hear Gabriel screaming, and then suddenly it stopped.
Pearl Fernandez called 911 that day to report that Gabriel was not breathing, and when paramedics arrived they found Gabriel in his bedroom naked, with a cracked skull, several broken ribs, and BB pellets in his lung and groin.
Gabriel Fernandez died two days later.
And now, finally, all these many months later Isauro Aguirre has been sentenced to death for Gabriel’s murder, while Pearl Fernandez was given life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Now, normally I am no proponent of the death penalty but in this case … I am not very bothered by it at all.
He was eight. He was brutalized by the one person who should have loved him the most, and he was brutalized by her boyfriend while she watched.
Several California children and family agencies investigated abuse allegations leading up to Gabriel's death, and investigators concluded there was no evidence of abuse.
Doing nothing is the same as handing Isauro Aguirre a baseball bat.
Take just a minute today and think about Gabriel, especially with all those children at the border who have lost their families because of this administration.
We must do better, if only for the children.