Barbara Dixon has been given four years of probation for failing to report the abuse of either Gabriel Fernandez or Anthony Avalos, two boys who she was assigned to counsel after allegations of child abuse. Both died.
“Don’t let Gabriel’s story, his life, his death, and his trial be for nothing,” Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami told Oxygen.com. He invites the public to attend a celebration for the slain boy's birthday.
Shortly after his birth, Gabriel Fernandez was sent to live with his uncle Michael Lemos Carranza and Carranza's partner, David Martinez. Martinez died in El Salvador amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
"There is a broad body of literature that we’ve seen to suggest that humans are not particularly good crystal balls,” expert Emily Putnam-Hornstein said of using predictive risk modeling to identify abused children.