GUILTY CA - Gabriel Fernandez, 8, tortured to death, Palmdale, 22 May 2013

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  1. jbennett

    jbennett Pretty fly for a fungi.

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    Has anyone watched the Netflix series on Gabriel?
    I started today but turned it off because I'm not sure I can make it through without having this precious angel dominate my thoughts again for weeks.
     
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  2. borndem

    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    I'm not sure I will be able to watch it -- I haven't tried -- but here's a link for/about it:

    Everything to Know About Gabriel Fernandez's Tragic Abuse Case Examined in Netflix Docuseries
     
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  3. LaborDayRN

    LaborDayRN Masks Are Critical Not Political

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    It was extremely difficult to follow but I figured that if this sweet boy had suffered it the least I could do is to be a witness to justice.
     
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  4. HayLouise

    HayLouise Law Student

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    I’m three episodes in on Netflix..

    I have never felt such hatred towards someone like I have seeing photos of those two. I don’t even want to name them :mad:

    In episode three, the teacher showing and talking about Gabriels Mother’s Day project absolutely broke my heart :( All he wanted was love.

    I will never understand how people can abuse, and abuse in such a horrific way that they never feel an ounce of guilt or remorse.. Evil evil evil :(
     
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  5. Kitsey

    Kitsey Well-Known Member

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    I’ve watched three episodes too. I have so many more questions than answers. I don’t think that Pearl’s family is innocent and helpful as they have been portraying. How was Pearl allowed to drop out of school in eighth grade? How did she get access to drugs at 9 years old? How on earth were two men allowed to come to the hospital and just take Gabriel after his birth? How did they obtain medical care for him? I think most of the people who had custody of Gabriel over the years wanted the welfare money :((( and how many kids did Pearl have in total???
     
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    californiagem Well-Known Member

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    I watched it. The opening with the ER nurse had me balling. It's so very sad.
     
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    I just started the last episode. This entire case is terribly sad and Gabriel was failed by so many working in a flawed system. I think the biggest take away from this should be social services, childrens services, rehabilitation/correction services, disability services, military, and health care should NOT be used to make a profit or privatized. EVER. Billion dollar companies are taking advantage of our tax dollars and their bottom line isn't people, it's the dollar. It's a dangerous slope when these social systems are allowed to be privatized and capitalized on. The system needs changed. Why are we contracting these services out other than for already wealthy corporations to make another buck? The work should be done by the government agency that has handled it in the past and the money should stay there. I have worked as a case worker in the disability field. Right now it is being privatized. It's not a good thing and we should all be concerned. Not just that a child died. Not just that so many people failed him. We should be angry at these contracting services and our legislatures who are allowing social services to be privatized and capitalized on.
     
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  8. Ontario Mom

    Ontario Mom stay safe ♥ be kind Staff Member Moderator

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    I can't remember for sure who first drew my attention to Gabriel's case. @LaborDayRN I think that might have been you?
    Just saw the Netflix special tonight, and have decided to start watching. I'm sure I'll be bawling in no time.
     
  9. Swirlz

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    Gabriel was the 3rd of her four. The youngest wasn't living with them but there was no mention of who he was with.
     
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  11. Kitsey

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    I believe she had an even younger daughter as well who she never had custody of. I’ll try to find a link.
     
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  12. Kitsey

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    “A family’s prior history is one of the most reliable measures of the need for future intervention, and in the past 10 years, at least four hotline calls had been made alleging that Pearl Fernandez was neglecting or abusing her children. She had abandoned her youngest child, a daughter named Destiny, and lost custody of a son named Arnold Jr., who was a year older than Gabriel.”
    An 8-Year-Old Was Brutally Abused for Months. Why Did No One Save Him?
     
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    I finished episode 2 last night. I audibly gasped when Gabriel's stomach contents were discussed by the pathologist in court. Poor sweet boy :(
     
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  15. HayLouise

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    I can’t remember a documentary or docuseries that has stayed with me the way “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” has.

    It’s on Netflix.

    Yes, the subject matter is incredibly heavy.

    Yes, it’s incredibly devastating.

    And yes, I think everyone has to watch it.

    Please.

    andy lassner on Twitter

    If you’re a victim of childhood abuse I am absolutely begging you to take precaution before watching the Gabriel Fernandez documentary on Netflix. It’s extremely triggering and I suggest speaking to loved ones for care if self-soothing is not enough.

    Jahkara J Smith✨ on Twitter
     
  17. HayLouise

    HayLouise Law Student

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    Looking away when you have a power to make a difference, that’s true evil” - powerful closing words on #GabrielFernandez doco. A haunting watch, but I hope real changes are made to child protect services ensuring that little boy didn’t die alone and in pain for nothing

    Rebekah Scanlan on Twitter
     
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  18. Ontario Mom

    Ontario Mom stay safe ♥ be kind Staff Member Moderator

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    On ep. 3 now, and for everyone saying how hard it is to watch, YES, yes it is.

    But as adults that do have the power to intervene and stop the next potential "Gabriel", I think we all owe it to them, if we can, to watch and to learn.

    jmo
     
  19. jamjim

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    Totally agree. Will be watching another episode or two tonight when I'm home.
     
  20. HayLouise

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