The Huffington Post reports
Gabriel Fernandez’s Death Shows That Social Workers Appeared To Miss Numerous Warning Signs (VIDEO) LOS ANGELES
— An 8-year-old boy who authorities say died after being beaten had remained in the house where the alleged abuse occurred despite six investigations by social workers during the past decade, a newspaper said.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday, citing county documents.
While this is not an every day event with child protective services all over the country, it is far too frequent a happening. In this case both parents seem to be involved in the abuse death of this young boy. The child’s therapist, the teacher, and the social workers all “conspired” to not take appropriate and continuing action in this case. All these people are “trusted” to root out this kind of abuse and when they see the warning flags flying are not supposed to give up or “pass the buck.”
Despite multiple abuse referrals from relatives, teachers, and even other mothers at school, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) failed to prevent the brutal torture and ultimate death of an 8-year-old boy at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, exposing grave incompetence that has long existed but remained unaddressed for far too long in a system meant to protect children.
Gabriel’s mauled body was discovered last Wednesday in his Southern California home by the L.A. County Fire Department, who arrived after responding to reports that the boy was not breathing. Gabriel’s injuries included a fractured skull, broken ribs, burn marks throughout his entire body, and “wounds that indicted he had been tied up and tortured.”
Words fail me (an unusual thing for me) in expressing my feelings about this poor child’s life and death. God rest his soul, and I hope both his parents never walk another day on the street free of chains.