We have another update on the story of a California mother and her boyfriend who tortured and killed her eight-year-old son.
The latest story in this ongoing trial is that the mother, 34-year-old Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, has agreed to a plea deal for the first-degree murder of her 8-year-old son Gabriel Fernandez.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, Fernandez has also confessed to the special circumstances allegation of murder involving torture.
Together with her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, who’s already been convicted in a separate trial, Fernandez tortured the boy because they believed him to be gay.
Then in May of 2013, Gabriel was found unconscious with a cracked skull, broken ribs, missing teeth, and BB pellets in his groin.
In addition, the boy’s sister testified during trial and said she was regularly ordered to clean up Gabriel’s blood.
“No human with a heart and soul could do that to an innocent little boy,” said Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
Fernandez’s sentencing is scheduled for June 7th. Due to the plea deal, it’s expected that she’ll receive life in prison without parole.