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‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez’ Examines Case Of Kid Tortured And Killed By His Mom And Her Boyfriend

"The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez" show how prosecutors didn't just go after the couple who murdered the little boy, but the social workers they claimed failed him as well.

By Gina Tron
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“The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is one of the upcoming additions to Netflix’s true crime roster, and it looks like quite an unsettling one.

The trailer for the six-part docu-series opens with a courtroom sheriff warning the gallery that the case will be emotional and possibly overwhelming.

It’s fair to say that the docu-series, created by award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger, will be emotional and overwhelming as well as it documents the trials that followed the horrendous 2013 death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, who died at the hands of his own mother and her boyfriend.

Pearl Fernandez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2018 and is currently serving life behind bars. Her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was convicted the same year of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of intentional murder by torture and he has been sentenced to death, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"That was my friend and it really caught me because it was his parents who took his life,” a young child says in the heartbreaking trailer. 

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The horrific killing they were behind, however, was merely the finale, the end result of years of abuse, the trailer shows.

The California child had exhibited consistent signs of long term, repeated abuse. However, there was no medical follow up even to the injuries that were acknowledged by the Department of Children and Family Services, the docu-series claims.

“In the wake of the tragedy, a demand for justice and accountability exploded in Los Angeles County,” Netflix says in its description of the docu-series.

Not only did prosecutors go after the mother and boyfriend, but they attempted to prosecute four social workers who were assigned to look out for the boy’s safety. While prosecutors alleged that the social workers neglected to take proper steps to prevent the boy’s death and even falsified documents, an appellate panel ruled last month that they will not face charges, KABC reported.

"The Trials Of Gabriel Fernandez" will be available to stream on Netflix on February 26.