Updates on the investigation into the beating death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 09:41 AM PDT

Court Docs Describe Torture of Gabriel Fernandez, 8

Court Docs Describe Torture of Gabriel Fernandez, 8

The fatal beating Gabriel Fernandez took on May 22, 2013 in a Palmdale apartment is just part of what could be described as a living nightmare for the little boy, that according to grand jury transcripts...

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM PDT

Office Approved to Monitor Child Welfare System

Office Approved to Monitor Child Welfare System

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the formation of an independent Office of Child Protection on Monday to reform the county's troubled child welfare system.

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 04:21 PM PDT
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Gabriel Fernandez: Child Abuse Tragedy

Eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez's shocking death following years of child abuse... View gallery

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Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 06:16 PM PDT

Timeline: Gabriel Fernandez Child Abuse Death

Timeline: Gabriel Fernandez Child Abuse Death

The death of Gabriel Fernandez, 8, a year ago sparked outrage and controversy at Los Angeles County's child welfare system. The boy had been beaten, shot with a BB gun and tortured before he was found in...

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 03:57 AM PDT

Newly Proposed Office Would Monitor Child Welfare System

Newly Proposed Office Would Monitor Child Welfare System

Members of a commission that concluded the county's child welfare system is "in crisis'" urged the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to overhaul the system by adopting a series of recommendations, including...

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 05:57 PM PDT

Report Calls for Overhaul of Child Protection System

Report Calls for Overhaul of Child Protection System

A new report calls for an overhaul of Los Angeles’ child protection system following the torture and death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez allegedly at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend.

Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 12:20 AM PDT

Exclusive Report Slams Child Protection Efforts

Exclusive Report Slams Child Protection Efforts

A preliminary report released exclusively to NBC4 details the shortcomings cited across multiple agencies charged with protecting children from child abuse and neglect. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at...

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM PDT

Court Date for Couple Accused in Boy's Beating Death

Court Date for Couple Accused in Boy's Beating Death

A mother and her boyfriend accused in the death of the woman's 8-year-old son are expected to return to court next month.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 07:38 PM PDT

Social Workers Fear Child Safety Crisis

Social Workers Fear Child Safety Crisis

Social workers with LA County's Department of Children and Family Services protested Thursday to demand better working conditions, saying they are juggling too many cases at once which could put children...

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 05:21 PM PDT

Lawsuit in 8-Year-Old's Torture Death

Lawsuit in 8-Year-Old's Torture Death

The maternal grandparents of an 8-year-old boy tortured and killed allegedly by his mother and her boyfriend have taken the first steps to file a wrongful death lawsuit against several Los Angeles County...

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Residents Displaced by Gas Leak Get More Time to Return

Residents Displaced by Gas Leak Get More Time to Return

Los Angeles residents displaced by a massive, 15-week natural gas leak will have more time to return to their homes once the well is plugged, under an agreement announced Monday between city officials and...

Mistakenly Released Inmate Taken Into Custody

Mistakenly Released Inmate Taken Into Custody

An inmate who was released by mistake from a Los Angeles County jail was back in custody Monday after he was found at a Nevada hotel, authorities said.

Search Continues for Body of 3rd Person Killed in Crash

Search Continues for Body of 3rd Person Killed in Crash

The search was continuing Monday in the ocean off San Pedro for the body of a third person killed in the mid-air collision of two small planes. The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. Friday, and a small debris field

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Uber Driver Arrested for DUI After Super Bowl

Uber Driver Arrested for DUI After Super Bowl

An Uber driver who was on his way to pick up passengers after watching the Super Bowl at a bar was arrested in Simi Valley with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, police said.