In 2013, Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre killed her son Gabriel Fernandez in their California home. Pearl is serving a life sentence at the Central California Women’s Facility. She was given a life term without the chance of parole.
Pearl pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and murder by torture in 2018, but she did not get the death sentence. But even though she said she was sorry, the judge told her that what she did was “horrendous, inhumane, and nothing short of evil.”
During the trial, the jury heard that Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend tortured and abused him for eight months before he died. The abuse included beatings, being made to eat cat litter and faeces, and being shot with a BB gun, among other things.
Gabriel’s brothers, whose father Arnold Contreras also lived with Pearl, were also abused, but not as much as Gabriel. Jonathan Hatami, who was a deputy district attorney, thought that Pearl and Aguirre used Gabriel because they thought he was gay.
On the day Gabriel was killed, Pearl and Aguirre beat him up because he didn’t clean up his toys. Aguirre was given a death sentence for his part in the murder, but he has not yet been put to death because of a California death penalty ban. Here we will discuss where is Pearl Fernandez now.
Where Is Pearl Fernandez Now?
Pearl is receiving a life sentence without the chance of parole at the Central California Women’s Facility. In 2018, she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and murder by torture. She didn’t get the death punishment because of the plea deal, but a judge rejected her request for a new sentence in 2021.
Isauro Aguirre and Pearl Fernandez have entered the courtroom:
— KTLA (@KTLA) June 7, 2018
Yvette Garcia, who says she was a prisoner at the same place as Pearl, says that when Pearl first arrived at the jail, she was beaten by another prisoner. For the attack, the lid of a tuna can was used to cut her up, and other prisoners threw hot water on her.
Angel Annie Medina, who was thought to have made the attack, was killed in a shooting after she got out of jail. Pearl felt terrible about killing Gabriel. Before she was sentenced, she said in court that she was sorry for what she did and wished she had made better decisions.
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Is Pearl Fernandez Still Alive?
Pearl Fernandez is still living; that’s true. It’s tough to think how a mother could kill her 8-year-old son. Gabriel Fernandez was abused and tortured for months before he died, and even though social services and the police knew about it, they did nothing to help him.
Today we’re remembering Gabriel Fernandez who died on this day in 2013. ❤️🕊🙏 Gabriel was just 8 years old when he was tortured to death by his mother and her boyfriend. If you suspect that a child is suffering from abuse or neglect please call 800-422-4453 to report a case. pic.twitter.com/M8Aeok57da
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 24, 2022
This tragedy shows that people who work with children, like teachers and healthcare workers, need better training to spot signs of child abuse and neglect and report them quickly.
Isauro Aguirre was punished for what he did and was put to death for his part in Gabriel’s death. This is an excellent way to remember how restorative justice is for victims, their families, and society.