Boy Tortured, Killed By His Mom's Boyfriend Who Thought The Boy Was Gay, Prosecutor Alleges
A man has been accused of torturing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son to death because he thought the child was gay, prosecutors allege.
Isauro Aguirre was charged with the capital murder of Gabriel Fernandez.
Prosecutors argue that Aguirre's alleged torture and beatings led to the young boy's death in Palmdale, California (north of Los Angeles) in May 2013.
Prosecutors said the little boy suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs and burns. They said the child was shot with a BB gun and also bound and forced to sleep in a cabinet while his brothers and sisters watched.
"The defendant admitted that he hit Gabriel harder than he hit anyone else. He admitted hitting him 10 times in the head. This is a 6-foot-2, 270-pound man. (He hit him) 20 times in the body. He admitted that he lost count," said Jonathan Hatami, deputy district attorney.
According to KTLA5, Aguirre's attorney said his client admits to causing injury to the boy's body, but only after he "exploded in rage after Gabriel told his mom to leave her boyfriend."
Photo: Isauro Aguirre, Pearl Fernandez
The boy's mother, Pearl Fernandez, will also face trial for her alleged role in her son's death.
The report continues:
“They didn’t call 911 to help Gabriel. They called 911 to cover up what they did," Hatami said. "The defendant lied on the 911 call.”
The boy was hospitalized and died two days later. During his opening statements, Hatami showed the jury photos of the boy after he had been beaten.
The prosecutor said that Aguirre made Gabriel dress up in girls' clothes and go to school. He added that Aguirre just didn't like Gabriel and thought the boy was gay, and that was his motivation for his treatment of the child.
“Gabriel’s last vision was that man over there standing over Gabriel, beating him to death,” Hatami said.