Saturday 21 April 2018

Boy (8) allegedly tortured to death by his mum and her boyfriend 'because he was gay'

Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An eight-year-old boy died after his mum and her boyfriend allegedly tortured him to death because they thought he was gay.

Gabriel Fernandez from California, US had BB gun pellets lodged in his groin and lungs, a cracked skull, three broken ribs, two missing teeth and burns to his body when he died, according to a nurse.

The young boy was admitted to hospital on May 22, 2013 after he was found unresponsive at his mother’s home in Palmdale.

According to Attitude News, his mother’s boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, has been charged with his murder with a special circumstance of torture and is currently on trial. His mother, Pearl Fernandez, faces trial separately.

A nurse who treated Gabriel told the courtroom that the young boy was injured "from head to toe".

“There were abrasions. There were open wounds. There was bruising. There was swelling. There was marks on the legs. There was skin missing off the top of the neck, so there were multiple injuries on Gabriel … head to toe,” she said.

Aguirre’s defence lawyer says that while his client admits murder, he denies the charge of torture.

The boy’s mother will be tried separately following the conclusion of Aguirre’s trial, which is expected to last up to two months.

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