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Gabriel Fernandez: Why did the 4 social workers' case not go to trial? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


During the final eight months of Gabriel Fernandez’s life, numerous complaints and had been made to the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services [DCFS] about Gabriel Fernandez.

Gabriel’s mother, Pearl, was already known to the authorities following previous child abuse-related incidents.

She had lost custody of a son named Arnold Jr and had abandoned her youngest daughter, Destiny.

Social workers Stephanie Rodriguez and Patricia Clement visited the Fernandez family home on multiple occasions but both workers claimed they never saw signs of abuse that would require Gabriel to be moved out of the family home.

Sadly, Gabriel was suffering months of brutal child abuse at the hands of his mother Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Agirre and died on Mary 24, 2013.

Following Gabriel’s death in 2013, Rodriguez, Clement, Bom and Merritt were fired from their positions at DCFS following an international investigation after Gabriel’s death in 2013.

An internal DCFS investigation also found that neither Rodriguez or her supervisor Bom investigated information regarding Pearl and her history with the DCFS.

The investigation also found that Rodriguez never visited Gabriel’s school, talked to the neighbours or interview Gabriel and his siblings alone.

When the case was closed by Rodriguez and Bom, Clement and Merritt then became involved.

As seen in the documentary, despite being informed of suicide notes written by Gabriel, they took no additional action.

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is streaming on Netflix now

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