(SL) – There’s a special place in hell for these two. His name was Gabriel Fernandez and the system 100 percent failed him.
The Daily Mail Reports, An eight-year-old boy, who was ‘tortured to death by his mother and stepfather had BB pellets lodged in his groin and lungs, a cracked skull, two missing teeth, burns to his body and three broken ribs’ when he died, according to a nurse.
Registered Nurse Alison Segal witnessed the moment Gabriel Fernandez was rushed into the Antelope Valley Hospital on May 22, 2013, after he was found unresponsive at his mother’s home in Palmdale.
Segal revealed the child’s horrific injuries in her testimony on Friday. Gabriel died in 2013 after allegedly suffering eight months of abuse at the hands of his mother Pearl Fernandez, 31, and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, 37, at their Los Angeles home.
Segal said that night she was required to provide service to the hospital for patients who had been victims of abuse, according to ABC 7.
‘There were abrasions. There were open wounds. There was bruising. There was swelling. There was marks on the legs. There was skin missing off the top of the neck, so there were multiple injuries on Gabriel…head to toe,’ she said
In court, the emotional nurse testified that she was asked to assess Gabriel when he was brought into the hospital, but his condition was so critical she could not do a comprehensive assessment. He was later rushed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
She said Gabriel’s chart that night said the child had fallen in the shower, but Segal said she knew that wasn’t the case.
Segal said Gabriel was on a ventilator and his heart had stopped at least twice.
‘They had to resuscitate him with extreme measures,’ she said, according to ABC. Segal said Gabriel was only 88 degrees, which is a low temperature for a child.