UPDATED: Justice for Gabriel protest, teacher speaks out

Justice for Gabriel protest

Protesters flashed signs as passing motorists honked their horns in support.

PALMDALE – A crowd of more than 75 family members and loved ones gathered in front of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Monday afternoon for a protest to bring attention to the plight of Gabriel, the 8-year-old Palmdale boy who died from child abuse.

Gabriel died this past Friday, two days after he was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull, cracked ribs, burns and bruises throughout his body.

Gabriel

Gabriel

During an interview with detectives, Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, admitted to being present while her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, abused Gabriel and caused his injuries. Mother and boyfriend were arrested Thursday and remain jailed in connection to the incident. (Read more here)

Gabriel’s death has sparked outrage throughout the community, with many residents believing the little boy could have been saved if neighbors, family members, social workers and other parties intervened.

“It could have been prevented a long long time ago. They could have removed him from the home,” said Gabriel’s teacher, Jennifer Garcia, who attended Monday’s protest.

Gabriel’s teacher said she first reported the abuse in October, when Gabriel told her that his mom used to hit him with a belt buckle until he bled. The young boy wanted to know if this was normal, his teacher said.

“I called the social worker several times after that incident,” Garcia said, adding that she even had the social worker’s number on speed dial.

“All the things on him were totally visible… it was strange haircuts with scratches underneath, his ear would be bleeding, he would have what looked like cigarette burns on his face. There was a time when he told me they shot him in the face with a BB gun and he had circular bruised dots, and that was reported,” Garcia said. “I even told the social worker, ‘He’s scared to go home. He doesn’t want to report, because the more he reports, the more you go out there and then the more he gets in trouble.’”

Despite her many reports to the social worker, the abuse only got worse, Gabriel’s teacher said.

“She made him wear girls’ clothes once to school, and she said it was to embarrass him,” the teacher said. “We gave him a shirt to put over what looked like his sister’s tight little pink girl’s shirt… So it was blatant abuse that just was allowed to go on.”

Gabriel's teacher, Jennifer Garcia, attended the protest and said she tried many times to answer his cries for help.

Gabriel’s teacher, Jennifer Garcia, attended the protest. She said she reported the abuse many times.

Gabriel told his teacher that he wanted to go back to living with his grandmother. The boy had been living with his grandparents up until the fall of last year, according to his grandfather, Robert Fernandez.

“He’s been with us since almost birth,” Robert Fernandez said. He said his daughter, Pearl Fernandez, lived with them as well. But then, “things got out of hand,” and Pearl moved out and then “kidnapped” Gabriel, Robert Fernandez said.

He said Pearl claimed to be taking Gabriel to a barbecue, but did not bring him back. She then came by with sheriff’s deputies, who claimed that Pearl had rights to Gabriel because she was his biological mother, Robert Fernandez said.

Several neighbors reported that Gabriel was being abused in his mother’s home, but nothing was done by the Department of Children and Family Services, Robert Fernandez said.

“I’m very very angry that it had to come to this point,” he said, choking up. “It was an abuse, now it’s a homicide!”

He said he is now fighting for the rights to Gabriel’s body so that he can give his grandson a proper burial.

Cousin Emily Carranza, a Sylmar resident, said she knew nothing about the abuse until she saw it on the news.

“I never knew that Pearl had gained custody back because we did lose contact,” Carranza said. After speaking to family members, Carranza said she found out the abuse was worse than she could have ever imagined.

“The cigarette burns, the bruises, the broken ribs, the fractured skull, I was told that his teeth were knocked out,” she said.

Justice for Gabriel protest3She said the family tried, but were unsuccessful in getting Gabriel placed back with his grandparents.

“They did everything that they possible could, but with an ailing grandmother, the legal system didn’t look at her as a possible candidate,” Carranza said. “Children Services and the police station should listen to grandparents when they say, ‘I suspect my daughter is abusing my grandchild.’ Don’t turn away, acknowledge it, look into it.”

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich along with the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station will be looking into how Gabriel’s case was handled, according to Captain Don Ford of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

Pearl Fernandez

Pearl Fernandez

“I understand that Supervisor Antonovich has called for an investigation of Child Protective Services; also, we’re investigating any prior contacts we had with the family,” Ford said. “Obviously, it’s always a tragedy when a life is taken, and we want to make sure that we didn’t miss any opportunity here that maybe could have saved him.”

“I’m going to have somebody investigate all of the prior allegations that we looked into to see if our investigations were thorough and complete and we did our jobs… If somebody messed up, they’ll have to pay the price for that,” Ford continued.

Authorities are encouraging all residents to report suspected cases of child abuse to the 24-hour child protection hotline at 1-800-540-4000. If you believe that a child is in immediate danger, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1.

Pearl Fernandez was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury and jailed in lieu of $100,000. On Monday, her bail was increased to $1 million, according to LASD inmate records. Her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. Additional charges are expected to be filed against the couple. Both are due in court Tuesday to face charges.

For many more pictures from the Justice for Gabriel protest, visit our facebook page.

Previous related story: Palmdale boy dies after abuse, mother and boyfriend arrested

UPDATED 5/28/13: MOTHER AND BOYFRIEND CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER

This just in from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office:

“A 29-year-old mother and her 32-year-old boyfriend were charged today with one count each of capital murder following the fatal beating of the woman’s 8-year-old son, who died Friday, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Pearl Sinthia Fernandez (dob 8-29-83) and Isauro Aguirre (dob 6-13-80) are charged in case MA059701 with one count each of murder with the special circumstance of torture, said Deputy District Attorney Alisanne Scolnik with the Antelope Valley Branch office.

Prosecutors are asking that the pair be held without bail.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to a call about 11 p.m. that a boy was not breathing in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10, officials said. The child was taken to a hospital. He died on Friday. Investigators said he suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau investigated the case. Prosecutors will decided at a later date whether to seek the death penalty for each defendant.”

The couple was scheduled to be arraigned in court today (May 28), but the arraignment was postponed until June 11.

  122 comments for “UPDATED: Justice for Gabriel protest, teacher speaks out

  1. Michael
    July 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I think mother,boyfriend and social workers and supervisors in this case should all be put to death by torture. The same kind of thing happen here in long beach a couple of years ago. I had a case with dcfs about 5 years ago when step father pulled my daughter hair and yanked her to the ground. It took dcfs 4 months to address the issue and they said that because it was to far along that they could not do anything about it. Dcfs are nothing but liars and manipulaters. They also just passify parents. 95% of what they do is not always good for the kids ……….

  2. Jose Reyes
    June 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Its sad reading this arrival. My heart goes out to this you boy. May he Rest in Peace with our Heavenly Father and all his Angel’s. Cases like this are times that our Lord should look at so that one can be judged. What a shame how an innocent child payed the price by losing his life for two sick minded irrisponsable humans. As well as a department of unprofessional so called well trained workers. Yes its the mothers fault to begain with and that evil bastared. But let’s not forget DCFS. Who there job is for the benifit of the well being of the child. Its time that we all wake up and see what these case workers are just a joke. That in reality theire doing this job for the well paid salary. With the government to have there back on any type of mess up they won’t get what they deserve, that same jail time as those that the child was left too. Believe me I know what this department can and will get away with just to meet theire qouta for the month and so they may keep that sick job they have. Forget the judge on that stand we need to pray to have the real Judge of all our “Heavenly Father”. Because in this case not even the Savior saved this child nor will bring justice to this department and for all those that have had an experience with DCFS. Amen.

  3. Angelica
    June 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This makes me sick to my stomach.. Its always sad to hear about these kinds of things, R.I.P Gabriel you are now in the hands of the lord. you will always be safe!

    • carmen
      June 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

      i fell you, hes finally safe, forever :-)

  4. i agree
    June 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    yep ann I knew it from the start these people are sick and need to be stoned

  5. i agree
    June 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    The family needs to be stoned. population control land on everybody in Gabriel,s family that knew about the abuse and called CPS. IF YOU GAVE A **** he would be alive. Over my dead body would that boy went back in that home. If you did not get arrested for kid napping then you did nothing. Donations you people are pathetic.

  6. Suzy
    June 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I hope they both rot in hell. My hurt hurts for that poor child

    • Suzy
      June 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      My heart hurts* can’t even type from my tears

      • lisa taylor avilez
        June 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

        this is just sad i even doing my own advocating to get the law changed and protect the chi;ldren who are defenseless i to hope they rot in prison and burn to hell im so furious with the system always failing children together we are the childrens voices and we and i repeat we will be heard this is now national news germany mexico uk and i can keep going on they fully back us in changing this for the kids and make those who fail tp protect and who do harm will get there justice to me i say they dont even get to court they need to just let us handle it not waste tax paperers money

  7. jack
    May 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The physical torture was actually WORSE than is being reported. Really beyond sick and heartbreaking. You don’t even want to know.

    The sheriff should blanket search warrant and arrest/detain/deport everyone who is Facebook friends with this woman just because, and investigate their kids as well. Scum hangs with scum.

    • Elia
      June 11, 2013 at 2:21 am

      :’( I know exactly what u mean with beyond the forties of this innocent poor angel. Media left a lot of details but its gruesome what these monsters did to that poor child I agree with every word u say.

      • Elia
        June 11, 2013 at 2:26 am

        Torture**^
        I went to little Gabriel’s vigil at his school and talked to someone who was friends with the nurse that had to be in the room where little Gabriel’s body was to be examine and it broke my heart into a million pieces it was horrible and sickening … How can a poor 8 yr old kid endured soo much pain.

        • Jorge
          June 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

          Let’s stand together and raise our voice seeking justice for Gabriel, let’s write a letter to our congressman who happens to be invisible in situations like this. Where are the celebrities, do they have children? why don’t they say anything? what if little Gabriel is their immediate family member? of course, we are too busy watching other crap…LA pollution, Zimmerman..’s trail, sports. Let’s make our children number 1 priority and let’s held responsible to everybody who knew about Gabriel’s situation and did nothing…guilty. The Judge, social workers, Sheriff department. We as a community, need to demand JAIL term, they did not do their job. What they would do if little Gabriel was one of their kids or grandchild???????????

          • christina gonzalez
            June 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

            I agree to stand together for Justice for this precious boy who suffered a death that he did not have to . I also believe that the Social workers should be terminated from their job they are just as guilty as the mother because they failed to protect him. The police that failed them and the Social workers who also failed him and the principle of the school. The workers should face legal responsibility’s for the death of this child that by law they were obligated to protect .
            BY LAW- they were obligated.. I think an act should be in place called the Gabriels Act – and when a social worker fails a child they face the same criminal charges are the one committing them. YES EVERYONE that saw Gabriel should be held liable even the principle of the school. It was his/her responsibility also to step in and help the teacher make sure something was done. I feel this situation could possibly be racist because he was a Hispanic child . did that play a factor in it . Just saying why was he ignored???

  8. El Maestro
    May 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Gabriel’s law. “Teachers/school administrators who suspect an child is in danger by going home have the authority to keep a child at school until proper law enforcement authorities secure the child’s safety. Such actions will require a thorough investigation and documentation of all allegations.”

    • lore
      June 1, 2013 at 2:07 am

      I absolutely agree this should become a law poor child I cried when I first heard of this case I believe the social workers have the same deal of fault as the mother they should of done more a lot of the social workers

      • Jorge
        June 12, 2013 at 12:29 am

        Let’s don’t forget about little Gabriel. Little Gabriels around America need a change on the System and eliminate the red tape around. There is a lot of money involved that could be used for a better cause…protection of the children. President Obama and First Lady need to hear about this case and demand a deep investigation. Why did baby was not removed from the hole of these animals? Why…Why…Why…Why…Why…Why. just look at the face of this little angel…how does it feel not been able to help him?…It’s going to be in your mind for the rest of your life.

    • Deserie
      June 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      I pray that his cries are heard through us now and make Gabriels Law happen!

      • sylvia d.
        June 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        all the sings were there and nobody helped little gabriel we need better social workers out on the field and gabriels law lets make it happen.i hope his mom heres his crys and long as she lives and that stupid boyfriend of hers may they go to hell

    • S.Mutt
      June 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      This is already the law. Any MANDATED reporter (teacher, nurse, school administrator, bus driver) has the requirement to contact DCFC. If for some reason the child is afraid to go home the school, hospital, or Sheriff are to take temporary custody of the child pending an investigation.

      FYI any call to DCFS saying someone suspects child abuse generates 2 investigations. 1 is by DCFS the other is by the local law enforcement agency. From what has been said here there have been several actual complaints made and as such generated multiple investigations.

      • Tabitha
        June 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        I have personal dealings with the DCFS in Palmdale. They’ve been more concerned about moving their offices to a new location than their case loads. They provide conflicting information, have poor documentation and the supervisors protect their staff. They don’t return phone calls, don’t inform the involved parties and they demonstrate no apathy for the children. They are shuffle paper and all they do is redirect you to call the hotline. You call the hotline and they send out a referral to the same caseworkers to do the investigation. The caseworkers don’t investigate or validate thoroughly. The entire department needs to be investigated and revamped (at a minimum). There has to be some accountability or there will be more Gabriel situations.

    • Betty Bender
      June 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Gabriel’s law is a great idea. I can’t believe that this was going on and that this little boy, who obviously was trying to get help, was allowed to live with continuing worsening abuse – I have cried myself to sleep many times since learning about this.

  9. kimberly
    May 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

    The 4 social workers in this case should be arrested, along with the mother and boyfriend. The sign were their. Who will help the kids. If a teacher or police office had done something like this we would see their face all over the news.

    • Angry Nana
      June 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Time for the 4 criminally negligent not-very-social workers to have a new job. Making license plates. Please demand open, not secret, investigation of the DCFS. The only excuse I can see is negligence or what? Too stupid to have a job, in which case why do they still get paid? Clean house DCFS. Let the tidal wave of public disgust continue until the bad apples are jailed.

  10. Maria
    May 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Doesn’t everyone take a basic sociology class as part of high school graduation requirements?? Why is everyone missing a grander point?? The biggest culprits are the maternal grandparents that created the monster that became Gabriel’s mother. That monster was not created in a vacuum. Also, where is the birth father and the paternal grandparents?? Based on the preliminary information, it does appear that CPS failed to take appropriate action; however, society cannot continue to expect that a 22 year old, fresh out of college young person, with an out of control case load, armed with a pen and clip board is the catch-all to solving and fixing these huge societal issues.

    • Patty
      May 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Bull crap !!!!!! Don’t sit there and give me that the blame is the maternal parent!!!!!! Blame the mother of this child! We have fee will tovdo whats right and wrong. The mom obviously chose to be a monster. Her free will, her own action. My mom talked to me, advised me, guided and directed. Whether my life is or isnt how I wanted to be has nothing to do with my parents it has everything to do with my own choices! To sit here and blame the parents is a cheap shot. We as parents who maybe grew up not liking something about our childhood have the power to be different, change it take a different approach!

      • hilda
        May 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        I’m a Minister and know the family for 16 years. The maternal grandparents have been wonderful to all the kids. They showed the mother the right path, however Pearl choose to live her life her way. and do whatever she wanted. As a parent myself, all I could do is to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. Pearl was taught the same. They where my neighbors and my friends as well as church members. They did the right thing! I know and I can testify to the facts. Please don’t judge
        what you do not have first hand knowledge of. The family is in much pain to have someone say that they are at fault, shame on you. God Bless all who read this and remember to have compassion for her parents they hearts are broken.

        • Paty
          May 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm

          You say minister, Christ believer? How can a child become so vicious like Pearl if you teach your kids morals, compassion, values more than likely they will remember something and not become monsters like that woman. I also ask how can God let this happen if he loved children more than anything? this is when people start doubting God. Now where was the family to protect that child, if that was my grandchild you hire a lawyer you do whatever it takes, but we all have excuses. How could they even sleep at night if they knew of the abuse. Where were all these uncles, cousins, aunts when this poor innocent child was being abused. Too late for their tears so don’t speak of poor grandparents, they are supposed to rescue their their grandkids when they they know the scummy kids they have.

          • mimi
            June 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

            I agree wit u all the way!! Man the grandparents made it look good for the camera to come and find out they just wanted the money they didn’t care about their grandchild now they try r making a quick Buck out of this tragedy

        • mimi
          June 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

          That’s bull crap the grand parents were in it for the money pearls dad room the cash frm the car wash and said he has expenses as well smfh I can’t believe it

    • sammy P
      May 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

      agreed – DCFS workers suffer from what I like to call “decay of society” in which they just stop caring after a while and it becomes just a job to them. I remember an episode of C.O.P.S. in where a cop took a 2 year old away from his drug addict mom in Chicago or Boston or some other big city, and she entered the Child Welfare building and a lazy, fat worker said “just stick him in the crib over in the corner” and the cop said “can I get him a blanket” and worker replied “No, he will be fine” – and as the cop left the building she said on camera “If I had known it was like this I would have left the kid with his mother”

      People just get so used to the ills of our society that they become desensitized to it and just don’t care after a while and this affects many more occupations than just DCFS workers.

      Now as for the woman’s parents being the culprits, maybe and maybe not, it all depends on the person. My mother had me as an accident and does not remember who my father even is so there is no way I will never know- there were no hugs or kisses and my mom just raised me because she had no choice – there was no physical abuse but there was no love at all either and I never turned into a monster.

      Some kids are more susceptible to the influences of parents than others are I believe and some kids grow up and just move on with life and don’t follow in parents footsteps. But some kids are the opposite. Depends.

  11. jyn santiago
    May 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Poor baby boy your life was cut short by animal who will not only have to face society but our good lord…you are now in good hands baby boy….rest in peace no one can hurt you anymore; wipe the tears from your eyes, watch your scares disapear….my heart goes out to you and the rest of your family….
    Family and Children Services you should be a shame of your selves this baby was crying out for your help and u turn your back on him you are to blame too.

  12. Christine
    May 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Don’t blame the system entirely. Where was the rest of the family grandparents, aunties, uncles, siblings. Someone had to had noticed something. Was his family really that naive or stupid not to have suspected or seen something?! Now this same naive stupid family who didn’t step in and help this poor innocent child has a FB page asking for donations for funeral and other expenses. Funny how this family knows what a hand out is all about. Get your lazy a** up and fend for yourself just like this poor little boy had to fend for his own short lived life.

    At some point California needs to set an example and put disgusting, ugly people away for good and throw away the key. Screw their rights. Both of these individuals sure didn’t care about the well being and rights of this little boy.

    Let the jail system take care of these two disgusting individuals.

    • bwe-wildered
      May 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I’ve seen CPS take children out of a home because there weren’t enough bedrooms! Pul-eeze!!! Something fishy was going on here. If there were that many reports a

      • bwe-wildered
        May 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

        (sorry…accidentally pushed “send”…to finish…) and documented physical evidence, this doesn’t lie on the shoulders of the family… but the authorities… CPS… specifically.

      • glenda
        May 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

        bwe-wildered
        The CS dept did visit this home, (so they say) and were told that Gabriel was sent to texas to live with grandparent… Now how many child abusers are going to tell the truth?
        Get involved they say, b/s…then they just ignore it..so sad

      • june7
        June 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        Exactly, DCFS is corrupt, someone told me that they know a social worker that does meth, and I am sure there are plenty connected to gangs or what have you because why is so many fishy things happening??????????

        • Nancy P
          June 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

          I think a number of employees used to be on assistance and were hired to get them off welfare. They know all the ins and outs and how to beat the system from every angle. I’d bet they are more than willing to share their knowledge with anyone who will “pay” them.

    • spanky
      May 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      WOW. It’s amazing how people read a story and run their mouth like they know exactly what happened. THE STORY STATED: the family did all they could, due to the ailing grandmother they wouldn’t let her keep him. System’s fault. Then some dumb ass cop lets the loser mom take the kid away from the grandparents, again the system. Who else is there to blame? Then you talk about them asking for donations? If they didn’t have money to bury him what other ideas do you have genius. You seem to be bitter about the wrong things. It must suck to be you

    • Francine
      May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Christine I really hope you never have to experience something like this ever in your life. The family teachers and neighbors did all the could to help. Teacher even gave him clothes to wear. DUH you didn’t read family is fighting for his body to give a proper burial.
      RIP GABRIEL he is in a better place where no one can hurt in ever again.

      • jennifer
        May 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        WELL ITS OBVIOUS THAT THE FAMILY AND TEACHERS DIDNT DO ENOUGH CAUSE NOW THE LITTLE INNOCENT ANGEL IS GONE!!

        • pamela
          May 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          everyone failed this child, everyone! where were all these people when this child was being beaten and burned?
          there is no time like the present to bring back some good old fashioned justice. We dont need a trial, as there was a confession, so, as tax payers do we want to support these people in jail or on death row? of course not….if they are here illegally, deport them, let them stand trial in their own country, if they are US citizens, publically execute them. We have had to many cases of child abuse in this country and its time to give the crime a consequence. Kill your child die for it!

          • helena
            May 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

            yes yes and F yes!!!! to everything Pamela has said. wake up people, this is happening way too often, someone NEEDS to put a stop to it.

          • Dee
            May 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

            Don’t deport them, their own government won’t do anything & then they will just sneak back into the country and use a different name. They need to be tied out in a public square & let people go by & burn them or punch them like they did that poor baby.

          • Isabella
            May 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

            I agree with u. 100% Pamela these people need to be executed poor little baby may u rest in peace now .. Now ur free from all the hurt and pain .. I hope they get what’s coming to them ether way justice will be served may he rest in peace

    • Pablo
      May 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      U ignorant person u sound worse then the parents who did this u low life scum bag this was 100% the systems fault and also if their raising money is because they wante to pay respects to the kid the right way ur a punk or a trick

      • jennifer
        May 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

        I’m sorry but I agree with the comments that are simply saying NOW that its too late u want to protest and have dcfs investigated why didn’t the family do that then. I’m sorry but if my family member is being severely abused like cigarette Burns on his face I’m sorry but I’m not going to sit back and let it happen I’m going to get out there protest talk to the mayor hell the president of the united stars or I’m gonna kidnap the child I’m gonna take pics and post it everywhere publicly and ask for help that this child is being abused. I’m sorry but all child abuse is 100% preventable. Something is not right about this story it angers me.

      • nikki
        June 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

        Riiiggght….until everyone found out that Gabriel had already been cremated and buried by his PATERNAL grandparents. And the MATERNAL grandfather said “the donations were his to do as he pleased” He didn’t organize any fundraisers, just wanted the proceeds from them. So, you still want to stand by your comment and support this failure of a human being? You sir are the punk. Enough said.

    • Ani O
      May 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      The system is to Blame 150%. That why we have these systems. Parents fail, then the system kicks in. They should’ve taken this boy from the mother the minute the teacher reported the abuse from school. It’s funny how the system works backwards. They go to house for small issues but ignore the big ones. The police should’ve went to the school right when the teacher reported the abuse. shame on the police department and Protective Services, they need to be tried for murder as well. They let this continue and clearly the social worker is responsable too!!!!

    • andrew
      May 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Im telling you his family did not put there foot down to help this boy. But look at them now protesting, asking for donations seeking publicity. Why now pathedic

      • i agree
        June 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        The family has bad blood. Publicity and money is what they were after. They did nothing to save that boy. what they are doing now is BS too late. They claim they want to stop this and change that save the children… Please I don’t think they need to do anything for children. look what they already done to one child.

    • Veronica
      June 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

      I agree except they shouldnt even have a court for these animals they should be put in he’ll the way poor gabreil was poor baby he didn’t deserve any of this he didn’t ask to b brought here only if his stupid mother wouldn’t have been stupid. I feel so bad for this poor baby I can’t stop thinking about it. Man cuz of this I want to help every child out there that needs help.

  13. Jen DeLugach
    May 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful child Gabriel. This is so tragic and heartbreaking. Assembly Members Tim Donnelly and Mike Gatto have recently requested a state audit of CPS in response to another case where there is no evidence of abuse yet CPS continues to harrass the family. One of the questions many people have is why CPS turns its back on a child like Gabriel and on the other hand take babies like Sammy Nicolayev into protective custody when there is no abuse. There needs to be an investigation and legislative reform to improve transparency and accountability. This link shows the contact info of the law makers who will vote on whether or not to audit CPS on June 5. Please contact them and let them know how you feel. http://legaudit.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff This link is for a facebook event for people who can attend the rally and/or the hearing in Sacramento on June 5th. https://www.facebook.com/events/251967471609287/

    • Db
      May 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I recently heard about this case I believe on Fox News…every parent should look into this story and see what happened to this family…an abuse of power in all forms…I hope some good comes out of all of this!

      • pamela
        May 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        This entire system needs to be revamped. Many Social Workers think they are the law, or that they make the laws. There are so many people that would love to have a child and can not. If a parent abuses their child they should be striped of all their rights to that child. I am not talking about normal discipline, i am talking about broken bones, burns or any sexual contact. The laws should be clear. A panel should make the laws not just a select few. Our society is so sick, but there is no easy answer on how to heal it. School used to be able to teach morality, but not any more. The 10 commandments are very liberal rules to live by, and not that had to keep. We are all going to Hell in a handbasket if we dont start teaching our young that they are accountable for the things they say and do.

  14. Heather
    May 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    My heart breaks for Gabriel , I can’t imagine what he had to go through and I am saddened by the fact he was given no chance and death was his only option for freedom . Our social workers NEED to do their Job because I personally had to call on an old neighbor who had young children in a roach infested apartment & their response was some people’s idea of cleanliness is different than others !! When they moved out the conditions of that apartment were so horrible I wouldn’t have stuck my worst enemy in there let alone young kids . I don’t know how Many innocent kids have to suffer before our system fixes what is wrong and finally wakes up . RIP Gabriel you are safe now in Gods arms and will never be hurt again by the person who was supposed to love you more than anyone and die for you ! Lots of Love to you sweet Angel

  15. may28
    May 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    One time I was on the phone with a social worker and I heard her supervisor in the back ground yell at her to “GET OFF THE PHONE”. I think they should be video taped and recorded because I believe there is big time corruption going on in the children service offices. They should remove them all and replace them with workers from another far away office or something.

    • Walter White
      May 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      You’re right. This probably has something to do with the illuminati, Elvis, aliens, or barack obama or something. There is probably some giant plan to limit phone conversations in place so the government can steal our brains and money.

      Seriously, What do you believe the goal or point of such corruption would be? Also, do you really think these systems are that well designed and organized that they are secretly plotting against society. I bet they are simply scrambling to keep up with laws, policies, and being overburdened.

      This was likely the result of negligence or oversight. It is tragic, but not likely a conspiracy.

      If anything, this was about oversight and negligence.

      • James
        May 29, 2013 at 6:54 am

        It’s not a conspiracy, it’s the system they work in.

        If you never got fired from your job no matter how poorly you performed, this would be the likely outcome. Now imagine that on a grander scale, what if your company could never lose business no matter how terrible of a job you did serving your customers. Oversights, negligence, and an apathy towards why you are even there.

        This is the inherent problem of government services, there is no incentive to provide good service. In fact, there are plenty of disincentives to it.

        So no, I don’t believe that the people who work in the government are all evil people who are just out to get us. They are humans just like the rest of us. The only difference is the lack of motivation.

        • Walter White
          May 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

          That is a broad brush. You can’t generalize to that degree. I’m sure that there are good and bad employees in the goverent sector, just like in every work place.

        • BGF
          May 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          I was told by a DCFS worker that “it depends on who answers the phone if a report is taken at the hotline”

  16. Walter White
    May 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    These comments are ridiculous. It is just a bunch of people with DCFS cases complaining because they have open CPS cases, and then complaining because CPS didn’t do enough in this instance.Go air the specifics of your case somewhere else. There are forums for such things. This is about this boy and a potential horrible oversight by the system. It is not about poor old you and your completely undeserved case. Im sure your me first attitude goes hand in hand with a lack of accountability on your behalf. What happened to this boy is horrible, and if it was incorrectly handled it should be adressed. If there are potential fixes, then they should be implemented. We are here to discuss him and potential improvement. In fact, on the heals of the death of this child, reading about these cases being opened gives me comfort that there is some intervention ocurring.

    • super freakie
      May 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      In your world Walter. People have a right to discuss this subject any way they choose. People want change and giving examples of what they have experienced is part of the process for most people that are posting. Don’t like it, don’t read them.

      • Walter White
        May 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        You are right “super freakie”. Thank you for your sage wisdom.

        However, I think that it is ironic that so many people here are complaining that the system is too intrusive and punitive. Yet, the problem here seems to be that the system did not intervene.

        I can tell you one thing, the result of this tragedy will likely be increased intervention by various systems involving children, and more self-perceived violations of these readers personal rights. That is how this stuff works. It is like a reactionary pendulum. It may lend to decreased tragedy or it may not, but no one will ever think that they did anything wrong.

  17. cw
    May 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I am not suggesting dcfs did what they should have, because they didnt…i do know that they are controlled by our STATE, and the state PUSHES family reunification and social workers are SO OVERLOADED with cases they can hardly keep up with all of them because our STATE and GOVERNMENT wont hire more social workers they just keep piling on the ones they have…as for our sheriffs department, they SUCK PERIOD…
    The majority of child abuse cases and child deaths is at the hands of so-called STEP DADS who the MOTHERS of the innocent victims would rather sit by and either let them beat their children, or dont even bother finding out anything about their past and leaving them alone with their kids to be tortured..The MAN is worth more than their own flesh and blood baby…I personally would die protecting my child as probably many women would, but unfortunately, there are just as many who would sit there and let some scum boyfriend beat their child until death…all so sad, so very very sad…:)

  18. gloria medina
    May 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This just breaks my heart to know that Gabriel has been tortured over an over for months and nothing was done burned marks n bruises n belt marks werent enough evidence. Y didnt the cops take take Gabriel n question him or when the teacher reported it why wasnt the cops at school taking pictures of it all. The cops n social workers that were to lazy to look further into it should lose there cuz they sure werent any help. N the two idiots in jail should get tortured the same way that Gabriel was. Y should we have them in prison. Our taxes shouldnt go to support assholes like them. They should go to hire people that could actually do there job.

  19. Marva
    May 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I was in the courtroom today where we were waiting for the baby killers to be arraigned. While the court is in session we are admonished to stay seated and to be quiet.but when the perps appeared(at the same time)the courtroom erupted with everyone standing and shouting baby killers witches and lots of derogatory names.everyone clapped
    And shouted when the judge said no bail. All of the tv stations were there so there will be pictures of them both behind glass.

    • Kora
      May 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

      The sad part of this is there is a child dead, yes they went to court today, It will be a year or better before a trial begins. I am the grandmother of a two year old who was murdered in 2011, he has yet to go to trial. C.P.S. also fail us

    • Tiffani
      June 3, 2013 at 6:12 am

      What was the scums reaction when everyone in the courtroom was verbally crucifying them? How did their pathetic, Lowlife faces look? That’s what I want to know. If you read this reply, PLEASE let me know what their faces looked like……. For the life of me, I cannot understand harboring hate for your own little child. I cannot get Gabriel out of my mind. The pain and horror that poor child must have gone through I can not imagine. Mob hits have been carried out in more humane ways than the gruesome way those two Lowlife scumbags butchered that poor, helpless soul. I hope they die a thousand deaths and burn in hell.

    • Tiffani
      June 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Thank you.

  20. Susie
    May 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    this is a prime example of why you can’t count on the government to take of you or your kids.

  21. AVcares
    May 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    The article states….Authorities are encouraging all residents to report suspected cases of child abuse to the 24-hour child protection hotline.

    A lot of good this did for that poor little boy. People did report it, and not just once.

    I hope and pray that EVERYONE involved in this case, loses their job and should face criminal charges…What they let happen was a crime!!!

    • ann
      May 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      I did report a case when my kids saw a woman looking like pearl , social worker tyana believed the crack head before us they wittnessed the mother kicking and hitting her son then telling another child to throw a new born in the trash cause she didn’t want it same apartment found out afterwards her name was n. Romero now she’s no where to be found the sick mother convinced the worker we we’re crazy she has today people residing under her name at that apt, thats not a over load case that’s stupidity

  22. Me
    May 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    This is absurd. I once had a social worker called on me, because cops were trying to use that “scare a single mom into snitching & putting her kids lives at risk” tactic. So they just wanted the kids to be taken, just so we can all cry. I got a worker who doesn’t play that and said I don’t need to talk to police. He said I can sue, cus what they’re doing isn’t right. What ppl who don’t live with me do isn’t my business, if I’ve graduated college, moved away & I’m not on welfare. The worker was amazing. He did his job as according. I went down to him with both my kids. He said its the 1st time a mom came to him. Well he said all he need to do was speak to my friend who I asked to keep my kids for a day, because I had a feeling the cops were going to get them. He spoke to her. He called the cops & said if they have a neglect he can pursue. They said they don’t have one but I have useful info. He didn’t buy into their crap, because he said by law. I don’t need to get involved, just cus I know someone. He then talked to each of my kids alone. Till this day, I don’t know what he asked them, or what they told him, but I was happy that he did that, because its his job. He told me he knows I’m a good mom. Point blank I have to deal with racist cops. I’m on record. He knows me & he will let them go with a friend. He knows that 72 hour arrest will happen again, because I do bail out in 24. So I do spend $2,500-5k to not miss 48 hrs of my kids lives. I did the whole moving away & I called him & told him I’m a single mom. The moving in my opinion, made me a average mom. Before we moved, we dealt with false arrests, but everyday we went somewhere even if it was McDonalds. We left to Circus Circus every 3 day holiday. L.A County Fair trips went from 10x down to only 3 last year. Him giving me the assurance that they will go with a friend took a burden off my chest, but my friends I met in college. One is an officer now also, but I met her in college. So I have amazing friends who understand my situation. I’ve tried to take it & not complain, but stories like this make me wonder. Why do I go through what I do? My criminal record has the same department harrassing me. It never goes to court. Its never even presented to the DA. They’ve told me its to make my life harder. My life can’t get much harder, cus I brought kids into this world, before going through that. So I can’t help but wonder if my kids will have my strength. It’s one thing the worker knew & its one thing the cops always ask. Why haven’t I sued? Cus a lot of things are on record. Them saying I’ve called for help & they didn’t come, because I deserved it. & of course them telling the social worker to take the kids just to break me. I told the worker…I just want it to stop. They’ve broken me, to the point where I can admit the joy of being a mother has been taken from me, because on top of being a single mom, I have a couple health problems that are permanent & both are soooo painful. One is so painful my chiropractor doesn’t believe me when I tell him I don’t smoke weed. I told him I drink wine on my worst days & pay hundreds in massages monthly. He said if that’s true. Its sad. It only means my body is immuned to it. I feel it. I’d rather be dead if I didn’t have kids. It just gets worse everyday. So this story is depressing in so many ways. I would give my right arm to work with at risk kids. That’s why they wanted my record to be bad. The social worker said just to keep pushing. Get my Master’s. As long as I have no convictions. I can still have my dream job. I would do this worker’s job for free. I know where the problem is. I was able to do my internship at a juvenile hall. These employees become lazy. Its not their passion. I saw minors beat/mistreated. Once I couldn’t take it no more. Cus it was my supervisor who was being lazy. A boy got in trouble for doing the right thing. Bottom line was the officer was lazy. So he treated the kids who behaved good, the same as the kids who hit their teacher the same. One kid said if that’s the case, he doesn’t want what he deserves & gave us back his snacks but he tossed them. So he went to the hole. Then two officers argued about right/wrong. Cus he didn’t deserve the hole & most importantly I as an intern was at risk, cus of how the officers pursued things. It escalated & Nick Cannon was also here on this day. So I told my supervisor. He’s lucky both Nick Cannon and I know how to watch our back, but all that happened cus he was lazy. I told him. Either way. He doesn’t go home early. So why not do as the rules say. He said I’m not meant for that job and those kids deserve what they get. They’re in there for a crime. I said 1). They’re still fighting their case. I don’t know if they’re guilty. 2). I didn’t come up with the program. It was established years ago, where kids get good beahvior points. So that’s following the rules. So I was ready to be fired. He than came up to me and told me to finish alone & to go ahead & give them an extra bag of cookies & do how I do it. I appreciated that. Cus he let me do the units with the adults alone…so they’re in there mostly for murder. Its one officer who I spotted out right away. Out of all. He enjoys doing what he does. Everyone else is there for the money. When it comes to jobs like this…you have to do it cus its in you. Its life or death. This boy should’ve never gone back to this mother. The boy clearly was never taken & felt confort & talked too. Now what? Wow. Capital murder? While these two are in jail, they will eat, socialize, gamble, do hair, etc. Chances are she will have a girlfriend soon & he’s going into protective custody, so he will be with gays & they will still be able to feel pleasure. Jail = no responsibilities. Visits, phone calls. They’re co*defendents so they’ll be seeing eachother, blowing kisses every court. This little boy should be alive right now. & its stories like this, that make me feel like a monster for bringing kids into this world. I can only protect them for so long. Thank God I’ve been fortunate to have friends who have helped me be a stay at home single mom. So that’s the only thing that helps. They’ve had me everyday. They don’t live off the county. My body is so tired tho. I can’t protect them from the world forever. I see what they learn in school. Its a cruel world, but these monsters being in jail, is not that brutal. Unless a GOOD Sheriff accidentally slips them in GP, so right away an inmate can handle them. That’s another touchy topic. Why do my tax dollars go into protecting those who go into protective custody? Why when laws are brought up, that’s not one? Every man for himself? Why do these ppl get to be protected cus of their charge? It makes no sense to me. Shows that this system is all about money. So so so so sad. :(

    • speaker of truth
      May 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Blah blah blah…..cops are after me…blah blah blah….nothing is my fault….blah blah blah. ..its the racist cops not my poor parenting skills….

    • what he said
      May 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      What drug are you on?

    • May 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      I read your post twice and you make no sense what so ever! It is people like you who reproduce? Oh my gosh! The story is not about you, it is about an innocent live taken at the hands of two wacked out freaks and you sound not to far of the beaten track.

  23. sikntired
    May 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Just heard that capital murder charges have been filed for both of them;let’s hope some bleeding heart liberal defense lawyer doesn’t get them out of it.

    • Me
      May 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      What does it matter? Now they will be protected with out tax dollars. Now our justice system protects them & puts them into protectiive custody with the child molestors. Not ok.

      • ann
        May 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Your right why should we pay for this to go on there guilty

  24. cma
    May 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    the social worker should be sitting with the mom in the same jail cell.
    meanwhile my friend got a knock on the door from DCPS when someone reported that her daughter picked up a Red Hot off the floor and ate it……..

    • somewhere
      May 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

      the social worker,neighborgs and everyone else that seen this happen and just turned their backs and continue walking

  25. Bert Derlin
    May 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Physical signs of abuse may be tricky to prove because of cover up or a child unwilling to speak against the abuser. This is not the case of Gabriel– Many knew!! Children from abusive homes may seek help from a teacher, a school, often the only safe haven from their hell at home. Gabriel DID!! His teacher did her part! He was in a safer environment with his grandparents. How is it that the DCFS and a Sheriff’s department blew this one?! Not to mention the hundreds of L. A. County cases we don’t hear about that end with poor results. Do the research: in Los Angeles County; kids are physically, emotionally, and sexually abused and tragically their lives stolen away because the process is slow or the department is concerned about reuniting families. Putting children into the custody of a parent is not always in a child’s best interest because any scum bag, monster can bear a child and claim “I’m his mom or I’m his dad”. When the writing is CLEARLY on the wall, as in Gabriel’s case, where is the structure, the process that is swift and protective? Seems the DCFS is understaffed, unorganized and obviously out of communication with law enforcement that they could not share information and act accordingly to save this child. Are high risk kids really being dropped in on on a regular, UNANNOUNCED basis and who manages the high risk children? I’m betting the number of high risk files far out weigh the social workers ability to keep up active investigations.
    Go ahead DCFS and Palmdale Sheriff department: conduct your interviews, proceed with your investigations make detail your reports, find out just who is at the bottom of all this. Who is responsible for Gabriel? I am sure someone’s head will have to roll!
    When all settles down, when the story is forgot, we still have the same broken system and the claim there is not enough money to staff. Likely easy to keep a job when you police yourself. Kids are falling between the cracks, horrible things are happening. We need individuals who can help and who give a damn in wanting to put and end to this injustice. Please have the guts to weed yourselves of your tired, lazy or indifferent employees. Hire those who are passionate, unafraid, and devoted. It’s not a glamorous job working with families that are bungled with crime, violence, drugs and abuse but children can’t choose who their parents are. These children need monitoring a voice, a helping hand. Insist to these parents our community is watching! Recruit volunteer cops, retired cops, high achieving students seeking degrees in social services willing to serve internships, clerical assistance, private investigators, more Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) foundations or companies willing to donate computers, programs, internet connections that can talk to each other to keep active cases to date and information current. Someone needs to better manage volunteer human resources, get confidentiality papers signed… and lets get busy together!! We just can’t stand for any more deaths! When a child cries out for help as did Gabriel or those who need to be checked on examined properly and regularly to assure their safety in questionable care “Hey it is you big departments, run on taxpayer dollars. YOU must act with a COMPETENT plan of action ORGANIZE your help and proceed with passion. Your efficiency can mean everything and many Los Angeles County Children depend on you for their safey and livelihood. Right now…and for a LONG time you have been broken. Please, Get it together!

    • Teresa S.
      May 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      @Bert Derlin….I could not have said it better myself!!

  26. stephanie
    May 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I Am so outraged by this ……… and in abosulte disappointmentin our system ! I too have made reports of my ex husband and his girlfriend abusing my son mental emotional physically and same thing nobody did anything or has done anything …cops went to do a welfare check and like any abuser lie lies and manuilplates ….this is touch y for me ! What will it take for the ones who claim to protect kids and serve to protect actually will protect kids ……….how many more kids will have to suffer like this innocent Angel Gabriel ……what we need is strong adovats push and keep pushing for the children they need someone to really protect them and fighty for them push the police depatmart into actually getting up and doing something push cps until they tires of hearing and they really look and listen to a child look in there eyes feel they their heart there pain..hearing in another prespective ………..The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
    —Helen Keller

  27. May 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

    That [removed] and her scumbag boyfriend need to have the things they did to that poor little boy done to them. They make me sick! how could anyone do that to a kid? It also disgusts me how I hear our town has alot of child abuse here!!!! WTF??????????

    • yesy
      May 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      I agree. They should be tortured in the very same way. I will confront any mtf I see abusing a child or if I ever come across a child that has all the signs of being abused,I will keep that kid with me, until the cops arrive. So many people knew about this little boy, especially the [removed]neighbors who did nothing. Unbelievable,I hope they can sleep at night. Yes this place is infested by people who like to abuse kids. All we can do is keep our eyes peeled for every kid out there, and report anything suspicious and stay on top of these lazy, incompetent social workers and sheriffs until they take action. I refuse to let this keep happening.

  28. Db
    May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

    This is such a travesty no words can convey how this innocent little boy was failed by the system!…Bail…there should be NO BAIL for such animals…Someone please re-write legislation perhaps “Gabriel’s Law” that makes it a NO BAIL on crimes like these…$100,000 means $10,000 and you can get out…this is not right! And on top of this every person in the DCFS that was involved with this case should be put on leave with no pay with a special investigation and if it is found that they screwed up criminal charges should also be put on them…Now all of us taxpayers will have to pay the enormous legal fees (public defender, judge, jury, etc. etc.)for this case that will get dragged through our judicial process that is also BROKEN!…There will never be the appropriate justice for this poor boy with no voice to call his own…I have to question the neighbors that “heard pounding noises and witnessed bruises, marks, and such firsthand…Never forget…”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do and say nothing!”…May God wrap you in his arms and surround you with Angels Gabriel…Rest in Peace.

  29. dennetta
    May 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

    DCFS likes to pick and choose. I had many reports made against me out of spite because I would not allow the abuse that my children were suffering at the hands of the roommates we had to continue. These roommates also included their father and his fiancé. I moved and didn’t tell them where we were so they used a mutual friend, played on my heart having her call me and tell me that she was being beat, and I went and brought her and her 3 children into my home. Next thing I know, I have DCFS at my door accusing me of selling drugs from my home (this was untrue). And locking my children outside for hours at a time while I was supposedly getting high. (also a lie). With nothing to support any of these allegations, 26 days later the worker returned with a warrant and took my children. A year later, I’m still fighting. I am being punished for keeping my babies safe while my son is in his fathers custody and the woman who my children have said many times to the worker is allowed access to my son. I am angry because this little

    • dennetta
      May 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Was allowed to continue to be abused until the worst happened and he was killed. I pray that along with the mother and p.o.s. boyfriend, that our sheriffs department and DCFS are held accountable. I am so sorry Gabriel that the system that was supposed to protect you, failed you. May you rest in peace little angel.

    • SOMEONE
      May 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I too have had been a victim of the way DCFS picks and chooses. I have had an open case for a year now having to have my family pulled apart because of false allegations. I have never tested dirty…EVER!! I have completed all my required courses and my husband the same! The judge made her ruling before we even stepped foot in her courtroom. I raise my kids in a good environment. In our home saying the word “stupid” is not even allowed because mental abuse is just as bad. Me and my husband are being treated like criminals while kids are really being abused! I did have a case about 10 years ago so that is there only reason they are treating us this way…The system needs change. They need to really pick and choose who works for them. They need people that actually care about the people they encounter. My prayers go out to the family and friends of this poor child. May the Lord keep him safe now, because his parents sure couldn’t.

      • may28
        May 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Are they with family?

    • may28
      May 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      This sounds like something that happened to someone I know, BECAREFULL!!!!!!!!!! There is something going on with mother’s that have little girls. They kept on this person until she had to move. Don’t make friends with them, their most likely getting paid to manipulate you, so you can’t get your kids back. I really think there is a problem with our foster system, possibly being adopted into home where human trafficker’s are paying these different crimminals to mess their life up so you get charges, see how DCFS says you were selling drugs, but it was someone you allowed to stay with you? I know someone this happened to. This is their way to get your kids, if you let them in. I’m thinking it happened to the mother whose kids were adopted by that foster mother who locked the kids in the room with a bucket to go the bathroom in. I think the mother’s name was Candice Coleman. They probably set her up to lose them and then human trafficker’s have more of a chance to get those kids. I really hope family gets them. IM SCARED, that people in the system don’t want to believe it. But don’t you see that this would be the perfect way to get a human and use them. They get them as a kid from the system. Watch out, they think their slick people. KEEP YOUR GUARD UP AT ALL TIMES!! Where is Michelle Russ? They got her to leave her house after midnight to what? Take her to some dark place and have a human trafficker snatch her? Im serious becareful who your friends are they might not even know this is what is really happening. If someone is trying to get you to leave your house late at night or tell you they want to take you somewhere to the mall, etc. turn it around and get all there info, and start finding out where they go and report it to the police or crimestoppers.com
      They are targeting the low income people, in the low income apartments, they all hang out together, so you don’t know who is who they use nick names. This is what I believe is happening, and if you know someone is paying their bills or putting a down payment on a car for them. Watch Them and Watch OUT!!

  30. Patricia Hayden
    May 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

    What were his older siblings doing? Are they okay, did they not try to help the little one?

  31. May 28, 2013 at 7:03 am

    When our daughter went to YMCA, a girl had visible bruises on her legs. The instructor asked her how she got those bruises and she said her granpa whipped her with a belt buckle. Instructor asked as to where are your parents and she replied that her Mom worked in downtown L.A. and cannot commute so she comes home on weekends. Immediately the child was put in protective custody. No one waited for mom to return or child to go back for more beatings. This makes more sense than sending Gabriel back to monsters only to be tortured more.

    • may28
      May 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      She is a girl, they need to watch where these girl’s are going? Hopeful a human/sex trafficker don’t do something to get her. DCFS needs to watch what there doing to our kids!!!!!!!!!!

  32. saddened
    May 28, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I personally know of a p.o.s who molestests not only his own daughters but there friends. Well his wife works dcfs . A worker that removes children while this is going on in her home. and when sheriffs were called he was let go because she knew the sheriffs and wored for dcfs. I am a first hand witness to this. Its a shame. Even when the evidence was right in front of the sheriffs face. He still is free. And she is aware of this.

  33. Jaqueline
    May 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I used to live in Palmdale and so this story is very close to my heart. I am a kindergarten teacher and am fortunate to work with a very special custodian who is a member of an organization called BACA. It’s an acronym for Bikers Against Child Abuse. If you suspect a child is being abused contact them they will advocate on behalf of the child regardless of the actions of the authorities. They support them as they go through the court system. They camp out outside the child’s home to show a united front to the abuser and they help the Che children by providing love and support when their family does not.

    • lucie
      May 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      more childern should know about this it would probably help the lil one’s feel safer knowing they got a biker outside so mum or daddy won’t put them in dresses and smash their skulls what sicko’s they just wanted the welfare money they should of left him with grandparents cause they sure didn’t want him poor boy so sad i hope the trash gets taken out and they get 10 fold for what they did too this poor boy but i have too say shouldn’t of happened people knew he should of been pulled out like alot of kids are I spent one night in hospital and they took my baby for three months they pick and choose who too attack!!!!!

  34. ryeneshia Jackson
    May 28, 2013 at 12:51 am

    why should we as anyone WHO SUPPECT there is abuse to call the hotline for what for them not to do anything. The teacher called many times and nothing happend this child lost his life in the hands of someone that was suppoed to nurture and protect him instead she to to busy looking like a tweeker with sharpi eyebrows no one will ever call the child abuse hotline when they dont do anything to help the child waste of time. as for ” looking into this ” meaning they are going to shuffle paperwork around and say yes we did things right good job DCFS good job

  35. ryeneshia Jackson
    May 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

    why should we as anyone WHO SUPPECT there is abuse to call the hotline for what for them not to do anything. The teacher called many times and nothing happend this child lost his life in the hands of someone that was suppoed to nurture and protect him instead she to to busy looking like a [removed] tweeker with sharpi eyebrows no one will ever call the child abuse hotline when they dont do anything to help the child waste of time. as for ” looking into this ” meaning they are going to shuffle paperwork around and say yes we did things right good job DCFS good job

  36. JJ
    May 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

    DCFS makes me sick….they take kids that don’t need to be taken away, and won’t take the kids that obviously need to be taken….i hope there’s a special place in hell for these ass backwards social workers

    • georgie sikora
      May 28, 2013 at 12:46 am

      How can they sleep at night? How can they tuck their kids in bed safe and sound when they had this knowledge of this little boy who needed their help.

    • Wanda
      May 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

      When I read this story this morning, I was shocked and felt like crying. I am a social worker at CFS in another county and not a single social worker in this office would have let this happened if we had received the referral. I feel so sorry that a child had to suffer and was beaten to death. The mother and boyfriend’s bail has been raised to $1 million and if what they say about the penal system is corrected, the inmates will dish out justice to these people.

      My heart cries out for Gabriel. May he rest in peace.

  37. jessica
    May 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    social worker and the police station should be held accountable just is much is the mom and the boyfriend because of the fact that it was reported numerous times and there was mark visible to everyone including his teacher and grandparents I believe that the sheriff’s department and the social service department turned there cheat and had a knot this little boy you would have still been alive

    • may28
      May 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      yes, they need to go back to those social worker’s and find out why they didn’t do anything about it, did there superior tell them not to remove the child? There should also be a way these social workers can tell the FBI what they think is going on in DCFS Palmdale/Lancaster, because I don’t get it. They take kids they shouldn’t and leave the one’s that need to be removed. I personally think that there is social workers who are getting paid by a human trafficker or being threatened or something. There is too much going on.

  38. Momto2boys
    May 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    My ex husbands mom is a social worker for dcfs ( lancaster) and actually would let her husband beat up on her son and at 16 he took his step dads gun and told her he was going to kill himself. She told him he should because nobody loves him and she’s tired of his [removed]. This women is responsible for seeing if children live in unfit homes or getting abused?! It’s beyond me how they don’t have to get checked or have background investigations. I don’t mean this to take away from the poor boys death or even the people who have went to the home. It just makes me think of her and she’s the type going to these people’s homes. She is a sick women and she’s told me how she knows kids live in a bad home but it could be worse and the parent is ” trying” trying is [removed]. Do it!

    • georgie sikora
      May 28, 2013 at 12:48 am

      wow that is some crazy sh*t! Maybe they should pay attention to who they are hiring to do this job!

      • BGF
        May 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

        Got a file sitting here almost 2in thick that documents ALL the screw ups subsequent cover up by the imbeciles at the Lancaster DCFS office involved in my daughters case. The cover up goes all the way up to Alex Hernandez at Phil Brownings office. Guess who investigates DCFS screw ups? DCFS does.. & then they seal the records because the workers are protected by their union. The main offender at the Lancaster DCFS office is called Dave Hinson. Other employees at that office that need to be fired are John Willey, Kellie Pimienta, Vicki Alexander, Mary Jane (yes, really), Jessica Garrett, Paul Gaieta & Jessica Burnias.

      • May 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        I dealt with Children services many years ago while adopting a child. I found the majority of the Social workers to be inept in every way. I did meet a few that were decent and did their job, however I did not give up, I complained, I demanded new case workers and I even had one Judge removed from the bench. I went to the news stations, I organized groups, taught parenting classes, became a child advacate in the Court System and I changed the lives of many children all without pay! Something could of been done to save this child’s life!! Yes, it was not only the dcfs and the sherriff’s fault, it was the neighbors, the principal, and other family members who knew this was going on! Fact maybe one more phone call, one more visit to the sherriff’s office, one more person, maybe someone at the grocery store, you need to be relentless in your effort, do not take no for a answer, grab the child and take them to the ER or take them into your home and call police and demand action!! Call the DA whatever it takes, save the next child. Yes, the system is broken and it is evident by all the new directors they have had in the past 3-4 yrs…what is it now….17?
        You all say you want these killers to get death? What like Charles Manson?, he is still sitting on death row and his crime was in 1969, we all know our Liberal state of Calif is not going to execute anybody!! I say put them in general population. I certainly don’t want to support them, do you?

    • DCFS is Crap
      May 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Most workers are former welfare recipients that were given jobs to get them out of the system. they do not give two S**ts about the kids as long as they get their paychecks oh and still collect food stamps. The system will never! change.

      • somewhere
        May 28, 2013 at 10:31 am

        you rigth on point i know of this prostitue that she was on welfare and now shes a supervisor i couldn’t believe it when i saw it i asked her if she even went to school for it and she say no that she got train for the job (sorry if i misspell some words)

  39. Diana
    May 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    What a pair of no good pieces of trash. The Mom with an additional tick because she allowed it and failed to do right by her son. They both ought to be injected and gotten rid off, relatively quickly…LWOP would be too good for either one of them. [But before they go...perhaps a little payback first. Maybe.] It would’ve been great if the grandparents had regained custody, regardless of the grandma’s health. Their safe home would’ve been far better than his biological mother’s deathtrap of a house. It’s too bad the system failed Gabriel and sad, too, that their FAILURE led to his death. Can you please, DCPS, PLEASE make sure another child doesn’t die before you get your act together? And listen, deputies, listen more closely to what’s being told to you…before you fail to take proactive, protective action on behalf of another child.

  40. carla willkett
    May 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    where was the father at while , this was going on with this child he should be help in jail also cause if he was a good father why didnt he step in and take the child away and take the child to the police station and report it and as i see it he is just to be blame also and should go to jail also for not doing anything. and its just as much as his fault also.

    • tm143700
      May 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      The family stated that the father has (and currently resides) in Prison.

      • Yh
        May 27, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        The father is Michael Lemos, he’s dying of cancer and not in prison

        • ahf
          May 27, 2013 at 11:26 pm

          I believe Michael (in the photo above, who was at the rally) is his uncle, and the father is in prison.

          • hilda
            May 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

            goodness Michael is his Pearl uncle. get it right people again people just talking what they don’t know.

  41. mick
    May 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    This whole situation makes me sick and breaks my heart into a million pieces. It’s my opinion that while the boyfriend should spend the rest of his miserable life in prison, it’s the mother who is ultimately responsible for the welfare of her child. That being said, this woman looks like the only things that matter to her are her skank a** whore appearance and keeping her loser boyfriend happy. I don’t normally judge on appearance but this is an exception considering what happened to poor little Gabriel.

    • anaschweitz
      May 28, 2013 at 10:24 am

      This mother sacrificed her son just for the sake of keeping a man in her lonely pathetic life! I wouldn’t be surprised if the boyfriend supplied her with drugs as well. This is inhumane and barberique. These types of acts is similar to how they treat people in war torn Syria. People get tortured to death!

      • ann
        May 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        This is sad the way all is talking it got nothing to do with the child dah wake up and the some are right why all of a sudden theres family and they need money where were they when he needed them think about it even if the sick mother took him back why didnt any of them go knock on the door an say i was in the area stoped by to say hi an asked to see all the kids gramma an grampa somethings up cause you could of had other family step up to try an get him i think theres more that meets the eye here please no more stuppedness all money should go directly to a fund thats secured an no more cause babyboys gone he cant spend it. Becarefull im hearing to much about the fam. An its not good.

        • i agree
          June 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

          yep

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