The teacher also recalled a later incident and said, "one day he walked in with chunks of hair cut out in a random pattern and then underneath each patch, there would be a bloody scab."
At the tender age of eight, Gabriel Fernandez had been subjected to unimaginable torture. He had to suffer probably the worst horrors known to mankind. In 2013, he was beaten to death by his evil mum and her boyfriend reports Mirror Online. Mom Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre allegedly used to tie him up, gag him and lock him in a tiny cabinet they called 'The Box'. He died in May 2013, and Netflix's new docu-series The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez looks at the tragic case and delves into what exactly happened to the child. In the documentary, there's an interview with his teacher.
She reveals some shocking incidents about the child. A few days after his tragic death, the devastated teacher peeked into the boy's desk at school to find a note he wrote himself, in shaky handwriting. Jennifer Garcia spoke about the note while giving evidence at Aguirre's trial. She revealed that the note said, "I love you mom and Gabriel is a good boy." It was also revealed that before his death, Gabriel confided in his teacher and went on to ask her a series of distressing questions. These came to light, too, during the court case. A few weeks after he joined her class, Gabriel reportedly asked her, "Is it normal for moms to hit their kids?"
Those of you who are shocked and outraged at the torture and death of #GabrielFernandez should look in the mirror and reflect how you participate, support, and contribute to our culture of toxic masculinity, homophobia, and transphobia. pic.twitter.com/uQKCyPiczI— 80sPopCultureJunkie (@pop_80s) February 27, 2020
So, Garcia obviously tried to gain more information on the situation and pushed him to reveal more. That's when he asked if it was normal to get hit with a belt buckle. "The first incident when I became aware that something wasn’t normal was when he started asking a couple of questions," Garcia shared, according to Meaww. "'Is it normal for your mum to hit you with a belt?' And then he said, 'Is it normal to bleed?' I think right there, I knew I was going to call the hotline that day and that’s what I did." She also recalled a later incident and said, "one day he walked in with chunks of hair cut out in a random pattern and then underneath each patch, there would be a bloody scab."
She also spoke about the time when he was shot in the face by his mother who used a BB gun. Garcia added, "After the incident with the BB gun, there was a long absence and I just remember when he came in, I was like, his forehead had skin that looked it had been coming off." In 2013, Pearl called 911 to report that Gabriel had stopped breathing after slipping and hitting his head. Paramedics who arrived at the scene found that he had broken ribs, a cracked skull, pellets from a BB gun lodged in his skin. Gabriel was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brain dead. He passed away two days later.
Fuck these social workers. Fuck that teacher. Fuck all these people he told his story to & who blatantly fucking ignored his outcries for help. HE SHOULD BE HERE. He should’ve been helped! Rest peacefully sweet boy. I’m so sorry everyone failed you #GabrielFernandez pic.twitter.com/osTn4MZTPW— Megan 🤟🏽 (@megsandoval10) February 28, 2020
Pearl was sentenced to life in prison without parole after admitting to first-degree murder. Aguirre, her boyfriend, was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of intentional murder by torture. On Facebook, Carrie Marie wrote: Watched this three days ago, to be honest, it traumatized me for says how can anyone be so cruel did the family members not see what was happening I'm confused about it all terrible ordeal. Shell Hopton added: It breaks my heart that Gabriel loved his mother unconditionally and she let him down so badly her job was to protect and love him unconditionally but instead she picked a man over her boy she deserves the death penalty too. R.i.p sweet boy you deserved so much more from life.