Pearl Fernandez’s story of unspeakable torture of her 8-year-old son has become an infamous anecdote when it comes to the narration of first-degree murders. Gabriel Fernandez, 8 was fatally abused and tortured by Pearl and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre. Let’s get to know about this monstrous woman.
Who is Pearl Fernandez?
Pearl Sinthia Fernandez was born in 1983 to Robert and Sandra Fernandez. Her childhood was extremely turbulent as his father spent most of his time in jail. She got beaten as a child by her mother. At just 9, she started consuming methamphetamine and alcohol.
She is a school dropout and as a teenager, Pearl was raped by her uncle and a series of men who raped her for days. She was even hospitalized for having suicidal thoughts. However, it has been revealed by her relatives that she was controlling and abusive towards her boyfriends.
Pearl married Arnold Contreras and had four children with her including Gabriel. She abandoned him just after his birth. She portrayed herself as a victim of her boyfriends’ abuse but her relatives revealed that it was Pearl who abused her partners and children.
Pearl’s Mental Health
Pearl Fernandez was diagnosed with a series of mental health issues like personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, development disability, depressive disorder and much more.
Clinical psychologist Deborah S. Miora conducted a cognitive test in 2011 and revealed that Fernandez is “virtually unable to use thoughts to guide her behaviour and control her emotional reactions.”
Pearl has pending charges of stabbing Arnold Contreras. She started abusing the opioid drugs Oxycodone and Norco just after Gabriel’s death and had a history of criminal acts. During Gabriel’s murder trial, her defence argued that she had a low IQ.
However, the judge correctly interpreted that “It has been established by her admission during her guilty plea that the murder was intentional and involved the infliction of torture for several months.”
I believe that she should have never got custody of Gabriel even if for once, we believe that she suffered from such severe mental disorders. It comes as heart-breaking truth that authorities can follow such a lackadaisical approach when it comes to a child’s safety. Such humans pose a serious threat to their own families and society at large.
Gabriel’s heartbreaking Murder
The world can be a sad place. Gabriel Fernandez was barely 8 when he was brutally murdered by his mother and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre. He was tortured by Pearl Fernandez for months which led to his death on May 24, 2013.
The sad part is that the red flags were all over the place but no one cared. Had the authorities taken prompt action, Gabriel would have still been breathing. Pearl was previously convicted of using a weapon against an inmate. There were complaints that she did not feed her daughter.
Despite this, she got back the custody of her son. She even forced her son for oral sex. And then, the social workers neglected complaints of her torture against Gabriel. The Sheriff’s Department was aware of this abuse but did nothing.
Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre were both convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture. However, Aguirre was sentenced to death and Pearl pleaded guilty so she was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Pearl’s acts of Torture
Gabriel Daniel Fernandez was born in the year 2005 in Palmdale, CA. During his eight-month stay with his mother, several neighbours reported signs of abuse to social workers but nothing was done in this regard. During the trial, four social workers from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services were criminally charged.
Pearl surpassed all boundaries of what we call torture. It comes as a shock to mothers all over the world that someone could harm her child in such devious ways. It may be hard to read but the Los Angeles Superior court concluded that she regularly inflicted physical beatings on Gabriel that caused broken bones.
Not only this, Gabriel was forced to eat cat litter and faeces, his vomit, expired food, shot in places with a BB gun, burnt with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed, forced to wear women’s clothing. My hands shake to further narrate that both Pearl and her boyfriend laughed as the little boy got tortured.
The Netflix documentary Trials of Gabriel Fernandez reveals these incidents at length and how Pearl got convicted along with her boyfriend. The documentary also narrates subsequent reactions of media and local government authorities after Gabriel’s murder.
Netizens were happy to know that Pearl was having a tormented experience in prison. One person wrote on Twitter, “Pearl Fernandez is in my mom’s prison where she works and she’s been getting her a** beat.” FYI, prison authorities rarely grant transfers to such prisoners but her death was just a rumour. She is alive.
Another person tweeted, “My cousin’s co-worker worked at the jail Pearl Fernandez is at and said she got her ass whooped three times and had to be isolated.” Check out these tweets:
#PearlFernandez clearly is eating well in jail?! Astonishing that she is eating and living better now in prison than her poor son #GabrielFernandez did. She should be made to eat cat litter and sleep in a cupboard like she made her son do 💔 https://t.co/sbPQ33ygk9
— Laura 🌻🌈🔆 (@LauzSassAndSoul) February 27, 2020
— Shanalia (@Shanaliag) February 27, 2020
A tribute to #GabrielFernandez who would have been been celebrating his 15th birthday last week, was it not for his brutal tortur and murder in the hands of two monsters, his biological mother #PearlFernandez and her boyfriend, #IsauroAguirre. May he #restinpeace.#childabuse pic.twitter.com/ya50OU509r
— Aroutin Hartounian (@HartounianEsq) February 29, 2020
Pearl Fernandez is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture at Central California Women’s Facility. She was sent to the facility on June 21, 2018.
There were rumours that several inmates tortured and killed her because of her gruesome acts against her child. However, the prison authorities did not release an official statement regarding the same. Well, let me tell you that she is very much alive and deserves the death penalty.
Pearl filed a petition in 2021 seeking a re-sentence. Thankfully, it got dismissed by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli. The court order stated that she was not entitled to re-sentencing relief.
Pearl’s partner Aguirre pleaded “not guilty” but the jury found him guilty and recommended a death sentence. He was sent to the San Quentin State Prison in 2018 and still awaits execution per the moratorium on capital punishment issued by the governor. He is currently serving his sentence in Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.
Shockingly, Pearl released a statement before her conviction. She said, “I want to say I’m sorry to my family for what I did … I wish Gabriel was alive. Every day I wish that I made better choices.” Well, everything falls short after what she did to her child.
Some people do not deserve chances. I wonder why she hasn’t been given the death penalty. Accepting a crime does not reduce the gravity of it. Moreover, how does she manage to even breathe? What do you think about her conviction? Shoot your thoughts.