A Palmdale elementary faculty instructor testified Monday that she referred to as a county social employee — charged alongside three colleagues with youngster abuse and falsifying data — a number of occasions to report that considered one of her college students stated his mom punched him and shot him within the face with a BB gun.
An investigation revealed that at occasions over an eight-month interval previous his demise, the eight-yr-previous boy — amongst different situations of violent abuse — was doused with pepper spray, pressured to eat his personal vomit and locked in a closet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams, authorities have stated.
Gabriel Fernandez, died on Might 24, 2013. Prosecutors stated he had a fractured cranium, a number of damaged ribs and burns over his physique.
His mom, Pearl Fernandez, 33, and her then-boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 36, are awaiting trial on a homicide cost stemming from her son’s dying. The District Lawyer’s Workplace plans to hunt the dying penalty towards the 2.
Instructor Jennifer Garcia, testifying in a preliminary listening to for the foursome, stated she made her first name to a toddler welfare hotline to report Gabriel’s accidents greater than six months earlier than he was killed.
Garcia taught first grade at Summerwind Elementary Faculty for 5 years and Gabriel was a brand new scholar in her 2012 class, she stated. Recalling her first assembly together with his mom and Aguirre, the instructor stated: “They appeared imply and I didn’t need to get on their dangerous aspect.”
She stated Gabriel had plenty of behavioral points.
“He was indignant, he would kick youngsters beneath the desk,” the instructor stated.
At first, she despatched notes residence to the mom about his conduct and obtained them again signed, however Garcia ultimately stopped doing so as a result of she believed the mom may be retaliating towards the boy.
Garcia stated she suspected drug use within the boy’s house based mostly on his comparability of some picture in school to a bong and a time when he “pretended to snort one thing off of his desk.”
Gabriel was anxious about his homework and afraid to go residence at occasions, the educator stated. The primary signal of abuse was when he advised Garcia that his mom hit him with the buckle finish of a belt and made him bleed, asking his instructor if that was “regular,” she testified.
Garcia stated she responded by calling the hotline on Oct. 30, 2012, and acquired a name again the subsequent day from Rodriguez, who advised the instructor that she was assigned to the case and “would exit and examine.”
In November 2012, Gabriel confirmed up with bloody scabs on his head and chunks of his hair minimize off and informed the instructor “his mother hit him … punched him within the face,” Garcia stated, prompting her to name Rodriguez once more.
“As time went on and new accidents stored showing, I began to really feel like nothing was occurring (with the case),” Garcia testified.
When the boy got here to high school in January 2013 with bruises throughout his face, he first stated he’d…