Isauro Aguirre, a Los Angeles resident, has been accused of killing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son. The reported motive: Aguirre though the child might be gay. He is currently being charged with murder with a special circumstance of torture.
According to WREG, Aguirre admits to causing injuries on Gabriel Fernandez's body. Aguirre claims his motive was that the child told his mother to leave her relationship. The mother, Pearl Fernandez, also faces charges.
The two are accused of a list of indignities suffered upon the boy: They are said to have beat Gabriel, bit him, burned him with cigarettes, whipped him, shot him with a B.B. gun, starved him, fed him cat litter, and kept him gagged and bound in a small cubby. He was found on May 22, 2013 after a call was made to first responders. Gabriel died from injuries two days later.
“They didn’t call 911 to help Gabriel. They called 911 to cover up what they did," said Presecutor Jon Hatami, who showed pictures of the child's injured body. "The defendant lied on the 911 call.”
“Gabriel’s last vision was that man over there standing over Gabriel, beating him to death,” Hatami added, saying that Aguirre forced the boy to attend school in girl's clothing because he disliked him and thought he was gay.
“The evidence will show that the defendant is nothing more than a bully," Hatami said. "He was a security guard who intentionally tortured and abused a helpless and innocent little boy.”
Defense attorney John Allan argued against that characterization: "He is guilty of murder, but the special circumstance alleged, that he intended kill Gabriel with the infliction of torture, is ot true ... Despite the horrific abuse, Isauro never intended for Gabriel to die," he said.
Text messages exchanged between the mother and Aguirre tell a different story: The conversation shows the two conspiring to torture and kill the child. The dialogue also shows them planning on covering up the situation.
The first responders who attended to Gabriel testified as well: “It was just (an) unbelievable amount of trauma on his body,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic James Cermak.
Social workers in connection with Gabriel's case will be tried seperately. The trial of Aguirre is expected to take eight weeks. Gabriel's mother will be tried seperately, as well.
[Photo: Screenshot from WREG]