UPDATE:: Mother of 8-year-old boy tortured and beaten to death pleads guilty to murderAn updated to this horrid case. One where I can "accept" the idea of a plea deal, " If Aguirre and Fernandez take the deal, they would face life in prison without the possibility of parole or appeals."
The mother of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy who died after suffering brutal beatings and starvation, prompting far-reaching reforms in Los Angeles County's child welfare system, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez admitted that the 2013 killing of her son Gabriel was intentional and involved the infliction of torture.
Info concerning Isauro Aguirre can be found here.Her guilty plea avoided a trial, where prosecutors were expected to seek the death penalty. Fernandez's defense lawyers had opposed capital punishment, arguing that her low IQ made her ineligible for death row. A judge is scheduled to sentence her June 7 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Although no amount of money will ever make up for what this child endured, I hope his grandfather destroys DCFS and all involved are held accountable.
A man accused in the fatal torturing of his girlfriend's 8-year-old son, who they thought was gay, will reportedly not take a plea deal offered to him and the boy's mother, KNBC News reports.Report: Couple Refuses Deal in Torture Case | Advocate.com
Despite earlier reports by KNBC that Isauro Aguirre and his ex-girlfriend Pearl Fernandez would accept the plea deal to avoid the death penalty, if found guilty, KNBC now reports that at least Aguirre may not take the deal. A public information officer from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, which has not confirmed the reports, told The Advocate that Fernandez and Aguirre were scheduled to appear in court October 30, but their "court appearance was continued to December 3."
Each must decide whether to take the deal by the December 3 court hearing to avoid a trial on murder charges in the case of Fernandez's son Gabriel. If Aguirre and Fernandez take the deal, they would face life in prison without the possibility of parole or appeals.
Because Gabriel Fernandez was under the supervision of DCFS, his maternal grandfather has filed a civil lawsuit against the agency and Los Angeles County for wrongful death. The boy had lived with his grandfather for most of his life before being returned to live with his mother.