Palmdale Couple Charged With Child Beating Death - Fox 2 News Headlines

Arraignment Postponed For Palmdale Couple Charged In Child Beating Death

Posted: Updated:
Lancaster, CA -

(FOX 11 / CNS) Arraignment was postponed again today for a Palmdale couple charged with capital murder for beating the woman's 8-year-old son to death as she stood by.

Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, have been held without bail as they awaited this morning's arraignment in Lancaster Superior Court. The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of torture. The District Attorney's Office still must decide whether to seek the death penalty against the pair.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel were sent around 11 p.m. May 22 to a residence in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10 in response to a report that the boy, Gabriel, was not breathing, according to sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hudson.

The boy was hospitalized in critical condition and died two days later. Investigators said he suffered a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns and had two missing teeth and BB pellets embedded in his lungs and groin.

Aguirre was questioned by detectives and allegedly "admitted to causing the injuries to the victim,'' Hudson said, adding two other children in the residence were taken into protective custody by the county Department of Children and Family Services.

The boy's mother allegedly admitted to being present during the assault and not doing anything to stop it, Hudson said. Officials have said that authorities had previous contact with Fernandez over treatment of the boy. The boy's grandfather told reporters that neighbors contacted the county child-welfare authorities to report abuse in the home, but nothing was done. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has called for an investigation of all county social workers and supervisors involved in the boy's case.

Sheriff's officials have also said they plan to investigate any contacts deputies may have had with the family.

The new arraignment date is set for August 13th.

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • myFOX Tech

    Early Preview: Microsoft Windows Phone's Cortana

    Early Preview: Microsoft Windows Phone's Cortana

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:34:11 GMT
    Move over Google Now and Siri, there's a new gal in town and she's pretty classy! I take an early look at Microsoft's new smartphone personal digital assistant, Cortana.
    Move over Google Now and Siri, there's a new gal in town and she's pretty classy! I take an early look at Microsoft's new smartphone personal digital assistant, Cortana.
  • myFOX Tech

    Tired, Sore Eyes? Enter: Gunnar Optiks Intercept

    Tired, Sore Eyes? Enter: Gunnar Optiks Intercept

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:22:42 GMT
    I met the folks from Gunnar Optiks at CES this year and they had something new to show me. The Intercepts. I have a big head, these are big frames, it was kismet but do they work as good as they look? We'll see.
    I met the folks from Gunnar Optiks at CES this year and they had something new to show me. The Intercepts. I have a big head, these are big frames, it was kismet but would my eyes revel in this serendipitous confluence of events? We'll see.
  • Sure, Cats Make Messes, But At Least Willie Cleans Up After Himself

    Sure, Cats Make Messes, But At least Willie Cleans Up After Himself

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-04-10 04:05:18 GMT
    How about a little lesson on conservation from Willie the Cat. Willie starts unrolling all of the paper until it is all on the floor. But you have to watch what happens next in this viral video.
    How about a little lesson on conservation from Willie the Cat. Willie starts unrolling all of the paper until it is all on the floor. But you have to watch what happens next in this viral video.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices