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Mother Pleads Guilty in Torture-Death of 8-Year-Old Son Gabriel Fernandez

The boyfriend of Pearl Fernandez was convicted last year and sentenced to death

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    Mother Pleads Guilty in Torture-Murder of 8-Year-Old Son

    The mother accused in the death of her 8-year-old son Gabriel Fernandez pleads guilty to his murder. (Published Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018)

    The mother of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was routinely beaten, starved, forced to sleep in a closet and tortured until his 2013 death pleaded guilty Thursday to a murder charge.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, 34-year-old Pearl Sinthia Fernandez is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of her son, Gabriel. She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and admitted a special circumstance allegation of murder involving torture.

    A sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 7. 

    At Thursday's hearing, Pearl Fernandez appeared to tap her right foot and answered questions in a soft, meek voice. At one point, a bailiff brought a box of tissues to someone who was sobbing in the courtroom.

    Mother Pleads Guilty in Torture-Death of 8-Year-Old Son

    [LA] Mother Pleads Guilty in Torture-Death of 8-Year-Old Son

    The mother of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was routinely beaten, starved, forced to sleep in a closet and tortured until his 2013 death pleaded guilty on Feb. 15, 2018 to a murder charge.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018)

    Fernandez's boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 37, was convicted last year of the same charge and special circumstance allegation, and jurors recommended that he be sentenced to death. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 8.

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