CALIFORNIA: Mother Pleads Guilty In Murder Of Son She Thought Was Gay, Life Sentence Without Parole

The New York Post reports:

A California mom pleaded guilty to torturing to death her 8-year-old son because she thought he was gay. Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 34, agreed to a plea deal Thursday for first-degree murder in the 2013 death of her son Gabriel Fernandez. The Palmdale mom also confessed to a special circumstance allegation of murder involving torture. Fernandez is set to be sentenced June 7. Under the plea agreement, she is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Her guilty plea avoided a trial, where prosecutors were expected to seek the death penalty. Fernandez’s defense lawyers had opposed capital punishment, arguing that her low IQ made her ineligible for death row. A judge is scheduled to sentence her June 7 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Shackled at the waist and wearing a jail-issued smock, Fernandez, 34, spoke in a faint, muted voice on Thursday as she accepted the conditions of the plea agreement.

“You will never be paroled. You will never be released from prison,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Jon Hatami told her. “Do you understand and agree to this?” “Yes,” said Fernandez as her lawyer, Deputy Alternate Public Defender Julia Dixon, comforted her. Prosecutors said Fernandez’s defense lawyers inquired about a guilty plea on Dec. 14, one day after jurors recommended that her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, be executed for his role in the boy’s death. After two months of discussions, prosecutors agreed.

  • Boreal

    A slow, painful prolonged death by torture would be better for a monster like her.

    • Librarykid

      and him, too.

  • Jefe5084

    I could never even come up with the words to describe how fucking awful her action was. Just unbelievable.

  • rednekokie

    The entire episode is so very sad — but only mindful of the fact that homophobia must be addressed and blotted out from our society.
    My heart weeps for this mother, for I feel strongly that the entire thing was spearheaded by her boy friend – who – either was so jealous of her son, or so ignorant about sexuality, forced his stupid will upon her. He deserves no less than execution.

    • Librarykid

      It’s a shame that he is being executed. He should spend life in solitary, never seeing another living thing. If it were legal, he and she should be tortured on a regular basis like he tortured the boy. There is a good chance that the prison population will punish her in their own way for her crime.

      My big question, Where was Jesus while the innocent child was being tortured to death? Same place as during other atrocities? Where is evidence of loving care and omnipotent power?

      • Sporkfighter

        “My big question, Where was Jesus while the innocent child was being tortured to death? Same place as during other atrocities? Where is evidence of loving care and omnipotent power?”

        Was it during football season? Maybe Jesus was busy arranging the playoff brackets. Perhaps He was arranging the financing of Joel Osteen’s new mansion. Maybe He was working on His tornado-aim so he can finally hit those awful gays He hates so much rather than His followers in Oklahoma and Texas. Omnipotence has its limitations, you know.

        • cleos_mom

          Where was the mother when she should have been taking care of her child, not killing him?

          And now our hearts are supposed to “weep” for her. What an obscenity.

          • Sporkfighter

            We’re supposed to weep for her? Is that in the Bible? It could be, considering all the other crap that made the cut at the Council of Trent of 1546. Damn, it’s hard to believe that musty tome of old bullshit still holds sway.

          • cleos_mom

            That was a response to the suggestion the mother was just a victim of the boyfriend. I found that especially offensive in view of this part of the article:

            When paramedics arrived at the boy’s Palmdale home on May 22, 2013, Gabriel was unconscious and had a cracked skull, broken ribs, burned and bruised skin, missing teeth and BB pellets lodged in his groin. He died two days later after being removed from life support. . . . During Aguirre’s trial, Hatami, the prosecutor, told jurors that in the months leading up to the boy’s death, the defendant had reveled in his brutalization, forcing Gabriel to eat cat feces and his own vomit. The boy slept in a small cabinet, the prosecutor said, with his ankles handcuffed, his hands bound and his mouth gagged with a sock. [bold font added]

      • rednekokie

        Your question: Where was Jesus? FYI, Jesus died some 2000 years ago, and his only remains lie in the minds of living people today. If people now would only remember that which happened so long ago, and be mindful that it is still happening today, perhaps — just perhaps things would get better.
        But, it’s a very big IF — and religion helps not at all.

  • bkmn

    Such a shame we will never know what Gabriel could have done.

    • How anyone can do what she did is totally beyond me. She’s obviously a very sick woman.

      • netxtown

        thanks for the re-write. you had me going there for a second or two…

        • That was my reply to a different question –here is my comment on the woman
          who murdered her son: How anyone can do what she did is totally beyond me. She’s obviously a very sick woman.

      • Neely OHara

        ..

        • another_steve

          ..

        • That was my reply to a different comment elsewhere — I have no idea how it got where you saw it. Here is what I really wrote: How anyone can do what she did is totally beyond me. She’s obviously a very sick woman.

          • Tulle Christensen

            Disqus strikes again, it has happened to me, though without the awkwardness of this misplaced post

          • cleos_mom

            She might be “sick”, but I’d bet my assets she knew exactly what she was doing.

      • Sporkfighter

        Sick on religion is my bet.

      • margaretpoa

        Brainwashed more like.

        • janey

          wish the religious preacher who taught that torturing should be done to gays could be sent to prison forever also. Any preacher she listened to, should be held accountable also.

      • kat

        Stupid, vicious, religious. A very common combination.

    • Sporkfighter

      Not that it matters, but we can’t even know if he was gay. I blame religion for instilling such fear and hatred; a bit of childhood behavior triggered this horrible act.

      • Todd20036

        Indeed. He may have acted a little effeminate, but we will never know if he would have grown out of it, or if he were straight but effeminate, or gay (masculine or feminine)

        Of course, none of those traits is a crime, much less a capital one.

        Additionally, because of her own bigotry, mom will never see her son grow up, never be free, never be happy again.

        She deserves her misery a thousand-fold.

        She deserves to live a long life imprisoned

        • Silver Badger

          She should never be allowed contact with any child. Her other children included.

          • Todd20036

            She certainly forfeited all parental rights to her other children.

          • margaretpoa

            I hope they do grow up and visit her. So they can spit in her face and revile her.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            I say let her rot, alone and forgotten.

        • AaronD12

          My parents, starting when I was age 2, were convinced I was gay. Thank FSM they didn’t torture and kill me.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            There’s always time for it when you’re an adult.

      • margaretpoa

        1,000 times this. Scott Lively, Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Franklin Graham, John Haggee, Jerry Falwell, Jim Bakker, Kenneth Copeland, Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggert, even Ted Haggard and Joel Osteen, this blood is on YOUR hands.

      • John

        Beware evil disguised as good. Sounds like religion to me.

        • Sporkfighter

          Beware anyone who has all the answers, who know beyond question what we should do.

          • Galvestonian

            …especially when they say that they personally talk to God every day… and he answers.

        • Tmaximus

          Religion: the paralyzing fear someone is happy.

          • Furface

            Religion: the paralyzing fear someone is anyone might be happy; improves the accuracy.

          • Tmaximus

            ding! ding! ding! You’re so correct!

      • Paul

        Yup and guess how many ‘pro life’ types would be the first in the abortion queue if you could test to see if your embryo was gay.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      I wish that his death was not in vain, but there’s just no reason that this should ever have happened. There’s no positive to be found at the end of this that could bring value to anyone. It was just, a heinous crime.

      • Generic Commenter

        ‘There’s no positive to be found at the end of this that could bring value to anyone.’

        Probably. But if one person’s life is saved (or made better) after hearing about this, then that would be slightly positive.

    • Bambino

      Just think a Adam Rippon never realize is enough to make me want to rage against these bigots.

  • FAEN

    And who taught her to think this way? Religion? Family? Church?

    • Bambino

      It’s deeply embedded. There are plenty of LBGT still in the closets. Look at the diatribe spew by the scamvangelists on a daily basis in this country alone. Not difficult to see many cowardice of a family would sell out their own to avoid being the target of bigotry.

    • Todd20036

      Whoever told her to think that way, she listened and agreed to it.

      • FAEN

        Yep! Pity we can’t hold the other liable for her sons death.

  • Bambino

    The fitting punishment for crime like this is to take away both father and mother reproductive rights.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yes. This is a good example where sterilization should be enforced.

    • netxtown

      my inner ‘ugly’ comes out in cases like this – and genital mutilation with a garden hoe seems appropriate.

    • Sporkfighter

      Well, life in prison should remove her from the gene pool.

      • Bambino

        Not if she has sex with the warden or the guard just to get better cell privilege. Pregnancy will gain her extra privilege. It’s not beneath some women to use pregnancy to profit other than actually wanting a child.

  • netxtown

    Let her rot.

  • hdtex

    Unspeakably sad. Why do we, as a society feed and cloth garbage like this? They don’t deserve to breathe the same air.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Life in prison is fine, but only if she also has tubes tied.

    • Todd20036

      to an anchor?

      • Lars Littlefield

        Or the rear bumper of a Buick.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Her low IQ…

    And yet, she is allowed to marry or not, reproduce without any restriction. And this beautiful little boy is dead.

    Lucky I am opposedto the death penalty, becuase I hope her life in prison is nasty, brutish, and short,

    • CanuckDon

      She also was able to buy a gun.

      • Michael Bruce Florist

        Good point.

      • E.J.

        “Based on Section 921(a)(3), air guns, because they use compressed air and not an explosive to expel a projectile, do not constitute firearms under Federal law — unless they are manufactured with the frames or receivers of an actual firearm. Accordingly, the domestic sale and possession of air guns is normally unregulated under the Federal firearms laws enforced by ATF.”

        Some states do restrict access, even to adults, to air guns (BB guns), but most do not.

    • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

      Restricting people with low IQ’s from marrying or having children is eugenics territory. Providing counseling, parenting classes and child rearing assistance if needed are reasonable.

      • Friday

        Though, frankly, too many factors, including the very churches that teach this hate and fear and the idea you can torture kids into straightness, really incentivize stupid people to breed a lot more, so there’s something of an active selection process going on already, just in a bad direction.

        • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

          I’m all for deprogramming those caught up in extreme religion. And perhaps de-incentivizing large families. For example tax credits expire after the 4th child?

      • Ben in Oakland

        I don’t advocate for eugenics. I do point out the obvious: heterosexuals can reproduce without any need for societal guidance, they can marry as often and as badly as they wish to, and so forth.

        but gay people are the problem.

    • cleos_mom

      Her IQ was high enough to find ways to burn her child and to be able to load a BB gun.

  • greenmanTN

    This story broke my heart, and what makes it worse is the way that all the systems, schools, child welfare, & criminal justice, that were supposed to protect him failed, even as he was slowly being tortured to death.

    • Bambino

      Thanks to religion teaching of sex = procreation. Way too many individuals who have no business in bringing children to the world.

      • RoFaWh

        Just to make the implicit explicit:

        sex = fun

        • Bambino

          If only, the straights will not feel short change and rage against the rest of the world.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      I was living in LA when this first was brought to light. It hurts today as much as it did then.

    • SoCalGal20

      The school didn’t fail him. His teacher reported his abuse to DCFS over and over again and they did NOTHING. The Sherrifs department did nothing even though they were sent to the home not even a month before he died.

      DCFS should have never turned over custody to Gabriel’s mother in the first place. He lived with her parents from the age of 1 month because she didn’t want anything to do with him. Suddenly in Oct. 2012 she wanted custody back and went to DCFS and she got custody. A few months later he was dead.

      • Generic Commenter

        What you are suggesting might require a change in the law, or at least a change in the way it is administered. Currently, ‘Birth-Mom’ occupies a “special place” in her children’s lives, even if it is to be their Inquisitor, torturer, and murderer.

      • Gil

        She realized that she would be getting money for having him there…

        • SoCalGal20

          Yeah, that’s my guess.

  • Matt

    She should also be sterilized, regardless of whether she ever sees the light of day outside prison walls.

  • another_steve

    I’m opposed to the death penalty, but cases like this really put my opposition to the test.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I am not against the death penalty in theory, but I am against it in practice as too many fuck ups happen

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        True. I’ve seen way too many people of color on death row get out because DNA tests showed they weren’t the perp. I have no problem with someone caught at the scene like that creep who shot Giffords in the head but they usually just pull a plea bargain to avoid death.

        • Tulle Christensen

          Or the lab found DNA that convict someone to death, but did not tell the defense they also found the DNA of someone who was 5 at the time and lived 150 miles away

          I think that guy did finally get out

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            I also keep in mind The Central Park 5. While nobody was on death row, they were in jail for years and only the actual perp coming forward managed to get them out.

    • Bambino

      With the way the justice system is so skew towards punishing the poor and the minorities, it will not solve the problem.

      • another_steve

        Absent a conclusion by experts in the area that the death penalty actually deters violent criminals from committing heinous acts and is therefore beneficial to maintaining a more peaceful, safer society, I can’t support the death penalty.

        Absent the conclusion above, it strikes me purely as revenge killing.

        • Sporkfighter

          The death penalty doesn’t really deter violent crime. No threat of punishment does.

          If the offender is thinking about punishment at all, he’s thinking he won’t get caught. Why would he commit a crime if he expected to get caught? He’d just wait for different opportunity.

          If the offender is acting out of rage, lust, or some other strong emotion, he’s not thinking about punishment at all, so it can’t be a deterrence.

          No, the only way punishment deters violent crime is by removing the offender from society for the duration of his sentence. While he’s locked away, he might grow up and emerge a better man, or in past decades, programs in prisons helped people grow and prevented repeat offenses.

          • another_steve

            People who are not determined to have been mentally ill when they commit extraordinarily violent and heinous acts (such as the murder of this eight-year-old boy) must be put away for the rest of their lives. Society has a 100 percent right and need to protect itself from the barbarians among us.

            I trust you agree with that.

          • Sporkfighter

            Yes. I don’t believe in the religious version of justice and punishment as revenge. Unless you can raise the dead, there’s nothing you can do to repay society for a murder. We should strive for rehabilitation over revenge, and those we can’t rehabilitate need to be kept apart simply for our protection. For lesser crimes, we might take a chance the car thief will return to his ways, for the murderer, no.

          • cleos_mom

            you can raise the dead, there’s nothing you can do to repay society for a murder.

            For people who have lost someone they loved to murder, an appropriate response to “nothing will bring him/her back” might be “that’s exactly why I want the killer to get the death penalty.”

          • Sporkfighter

            I understand, I just don’t agree.

          • cleos_mom

            That whole “nothing will bring your dead loved one back” song and dance has just always baffled me.

          • Sporkfighter

            As I wouldn’t want to personally execute a murderer, I wouldn’t delegate the job to someone else. Doing so would be hypocritical.

          • RoFaWh

            Sometimes (often?) they just don’t care if they are caught or not. In the passion of the moment, stab, stab, stab, they are not concerned with legalistic bullshit.

            /s to some degree

    • Mike

      I am opposed to the death penalty, not because of whether or not the criminal deserves it. Countless criminals “deserve” it, and none more than a woman who would torture her child to death because he might be gay. I am opposed to the death penalty because of the harm it does to us, not so much because of what it does to them.

      • another_steve

        I agree.

        As I suggested elsewhere here, if it can’t be shown that the death penalty actually benefits society, then it’s purely revenge killing.

        Revenge killing is evil and diminishes us.

        • zhera

          It’s not often we agree 100%, Steve, but this time we do. Death penalty is not found in a democratic, lawful state. The foundation of a civil society forbids it. The crime committed is irrelevant.

          Of course, had Gabriel been my son, and someone did that to him, all philosophical principles goes out the window. I have no idea how I’d feel about death penalty in such a scenario.

        • Uncle Mark

          Not only is the death penalty skewed to being employed more against minority groups, the poor, and the mentally impaired, but it has been shown to serve as minimal if only temporary deterrence for others committing similar crimes. Then there is the costly multiple appeals process, which makes lifetime incarceration actually cheaper. So even if you don’t find the death penalty a moral dilemma, then looking at the practical/economic side, you can see there is little reason for its use.

      • Todd20036

        I’m opposed to it because blacks seem to get the death penalty far more often for the same crimes as white people do.

        You really think the Valentines’ Day Massacre shooter will be given the death penalty?

        I sure don’t

  • Bluto

    Fitting punishment, never seeing the light of day again.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    That little boy deserved so much better. Why was he allowed back with his scumbag mother?

    Gabriel had been removed from her custody at one time and placed with
    family members. Her relationship with her son in those years was described as nonexistent by family members. She would not even address him at family events. This behavior is exactly why it was such a surprise when she fought to regain custody. Her cousins and Aunt say they believe it was for welfare money.

    Soon after she took Gabriel home, he began showing up at school with bruises and marks. Teachers report his accusations of his mother punching, burning and shooting him in the face with a BB gun. Social workers checked on him but repeatedly left him with his abusive mother and boyfriend.

    They finally beat him to death one day and police were called to find him barely breathing and unresponsive. He had broken ribs and other bones, burn marks and BB pellets in his stomach, face and groin. Isauro Aguirre admitted to punching him in the stomach at least 10 times earlier in the day.

    http://www.thewomancondemned.com/2014/08/pearl-sinthia-fernandez-california.html

    • Gigi

      Fuck. That’s painful to read. The signs were there yet nothing was done to protect that sweet, precious young boy. It breaks my heart.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      This is why kids need to be seen as having rights of their own and not so much the furniture/possessions of their parents. He had people willing to care for him and he should have remained with them.

    • SoCalGal20

      Four DCFS employees have been criminally charged.

      http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-social-worker-charges-20170320-story.html

      Why he was allowed to go with his mother is a complete failure by LA County DCFS. The mom decided all of a sudden in Oct 2012 she wanted custody of him after her parents had been raising him since he was ONE MONTH OLD. They gave her custody. A few months later he was dead.

      • Todd20036

        Good. I don’t care if it sends a chill through the foster care system.

        These social workers need to care for all of these children. If they are incapable of that, then they need to get other careers.

        • Silver Badger

          They should also have personal experience raising children of their own.

          • Ore Carmi

            Wait, you think social workers are never parents?

            Personally, having worked for social workers for the past year, I feel that people who blame social workers need to spend some serious time with social workers. I’m sure there are some bad apples (aren’t there always?), but in general, social workers are some of the most humanistic-oriented, progressive, caring people I’ve ever worked for. And my understanding is that managers actually do a pretty good job at weeding out those who aren’t cut out for the job–generally not because they’re bad people, but rather because they care TOO much, or in the wrong way (and so, those individuals are better off finding a different professional path for helping people, like therapy). Not that there aren’t problems in the system–they exist, and I’m still learning about those. Just please don’t pin the blame for failures blindly on some of the most selfless, devoted, caring group of professionals out there. [And, really, those qualities are what it takes to maintain a career in this incredibly challenging field of work.]

          • Silver Badger

            It has been my experience that the experts in child rearing seldom have kids of their own. Of course some social workers have kids. Of course there are good and bad ones. Your tirade indicates an overreaction. Calm down.

          • Ore Carmi

            What’s your experience with social workers?

            No overreaction. I’m calm. Just pointing out a misguided response.

          • Silver Badger

            I’ve know several both socially and professionally. You should be aware of misguided responses. Your’s certainly was.

          • Ore Carmi

            Sorry, I reread my response, and I find nothing misguided about it. I took objection to painting social workers with a broad and inaccurate brush now that I know a whole bunch of them. Your reading lack of calm and overreaction in my response is mistaken.

          • Silver Badger

            We must, as adults, agree to disagree. Go forth and have a fabulous weekend.

          • Ore Carmi

            Thanks. You too.

        • Generic Commenter

          Obviously, you are correct. But many (if not most) people would be incapable of dealing with the sheer numbers of cases workers are assigned today.

          Thanks, Republicans, for cutting social-service budgets!

      • Mb

        These agencies all have the same primary mandate from above. Close cases. Reading that this case was closed after he had been described by the agency as being at high risk tells me all I need to know about what happened here re: the culpability of the social workers.

    • #DJTK5F

      Focus on the Family asks: “Spare the rod and spoil the child. When will government get out of the way and allow parents to raise their children as they see fit? This is a question of religious freedom, and if parents see fit to beat their children to death because Jesus tells them to, the state MUST not interfere!”

      • Silver Badger

        Poe’s law has never been repealed.

    • AW

      Oh my god. That is just so disgusting and unspeakably horrendous. Why was he not immediately removed from her again?!?! That is criminal that he wasn’t and those social workers should be held accountable.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      god dammit…….. 🙁

  • Jerry Kott

    Years ago, it was hard for me to imagine the type of creature who would have done this heinous act . Now that I live in the real Amurika , it is not hard to imagine.

    • Blueflash

      It shouldn’t be hard for anyone in this country to imagine, when there are even Republican presidential candidates, who attend rallies sponsored by preachers, who’ve called for gay people to be put to death.

      • Todd20036

        The SHOTUS thinks there are good Nazis – and they think we deserve death.

        That tells me SHOTUS thinks we deserve death, too

    • RoFaWh

      I have ceased being surprised at anything people do, and not just in Trumpified America. People are swine, when it comes down to it and behind the fancy clothes, beautiful buildings, great music, moving rituals, etc lurk obscene, blood-thirsty monsters: you and me.

  • wearing a “smock” means she’s being kept on suicide watch

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I don’t believe in giving someone like her a smock. I understand arguments against the death penalty but not for going out of the way to save someone like this.

      • Silver Badger

        They couldn’t very well send her to court naked.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          leathersmith seems to say that the smock is specifically there to prevent self-harm. I’m OK with her being given regular clothes.

    • Gigi

      I say take away the smock and give her a thick piece of rope.

  • Blueflash

    Did she or people, who might have influenced her, belong to a gay-hating church? If so, it ought to be made public.

    • Friday

      I think there was in fact one specified in earlier articles.

  • Gigi

    So the only reason this POS “mother” plead guilty was so she could avoid the death penalty? I’m torn. One part of me hopes she’s bludgeoned to death in the shower the day after she’s sent to prison but the another part of me wants her to live until she’s 100, forced to remember what she did to her precious little boy every single day.

    • Makoto

      Really, I think life without parole is a good option. If the person is innocent, they have all the time to prove it. I know, this is an open and shut case, but it’s a good standard to have in general.

      And if they want the early out option of suicide, I say let them. Open and shut cases like this, they can live with what they did, or take the coward’s way out. (ETA: and yes, I mean specifically that it is the coward’s way out for cases where the person is guilty and in the LWOP situation. Other cases are different and not what I’m trying to imply here at all)

      But death penalty or prison beatings/rapes/etc leading to death.. not what I’d want.

  • Kevin Andrews

    This is the fine people on both sides Christ-O-Fascism that poisons life perpetually under the watchful eyes of the church.
    If the vile creature was housebroken it understands right from wrong.
    This is a case where no punishment will ever “fit” the crime until she is abused, tortured, forced to eat her own vomit & cat feces then beaten and left to die in a closet cage.
    Welcome to the Shitgibbon’s AmeriKKKa.

  • Friday’s_cat

    What about the church she attended, the priest or shaman should be indicted as an accessory to murder.

    • RoFaWh

      “the priest or shaman”

      Well-said.

  • DuaneBidoux

    This goes beyond the issue of gay rights so I think we must be cautious about drawing larger conclusions about larger issues. ANY mother that murders her child for ANY reason is mentally ill.

    • Blueflash

      I’ve yet to hear of anyone ever being murdered by anyone for being or seeming to be heterosexual.

      • DuaneBidoux

        Yes, obviously valid. My point is that she is insane.

    • Friday

      Certain conclusions are obvious, like the fact their religion is obsessed with hating gay people, teaches that children are property, and promotes false claims that kids can be tortured/exorcised’ out of being LGBT.

      And, frankly, that religion teaching the mentally ill to do this doesn’t make them any better.

    • RoFaWh

      Stop thinking in black and white absolutes. Consider this scenario: child has an incurable disease that hurts bad, to the degree that she/he is completely unable to lead anything resembling a normal life. Pain, pain, pain, with not only no cure, but no effective palliative either.

      Lots of people would think that would be more than sufficient reason to put the child out of its misery. How about you?

      • Silver Badger

        Child or adult. I agree. Quick and painless death should be a human right.

    • Reality.Bites

      Sometimes it’s NOT murdering her child that makes art mentally ill.

      https://cdni.rt.com/files/2016.07/article/579960a3c36188f3708b45cb.jpg

    • cleos_mom

      Then she should be in a psychiatric institution the rest of her life.

      You know. What we used to call a nuthouse.

  • BeaverTales

    Her guilty plea avoided a trial, where prosecutors were expected to seek the death penalty. Fernandez’s defense lawyers had opposed capital punishment, arguing that her low IQ made her ineligible for death row. A judge is scheduled to sentence her June 7 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Low IQ or high IQ, people know that murdering someone, particularly your own child, is wrong and will result in severe punishment. If you lack the ability to know right from wrong and are beyond rehabilitation, how are society’s best interests served by keeping you around?

  • #DJTK5F

    Cue press release from Alliance Defense Fund announcing that they will handle her appeal.

    • Friday

      Though in reality, it’s almost like they pretend the murders they inspire never happen.

      • cleos_mom

        Didn’t count. Gabriel was already born.

    • Silver Badger

      I was thinking that Matt Staver should be defending her.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      That makes sense. After all, she was probably just following her “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

      • cleos_mom

        Or as a few Trump supporters told me a few weeks ago, she was a churchgoer who wanted “The Freedom.”

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    So will she given an honorary position with the Trump Administration ? …. community outreach?

    • Friday

      Child services, no doubt.

  • canoebum

    The blood of this child is on the hands of Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, Jerry Falwell, Jr, Franklin Graham, the ADF and all of their ilk. They are accessories to murder, over and over again.

    • Todd20036

      They don’t care. They really don’t

      • Vista-Cruiser

        Yes they do care. They’re absolutely gleeful when their followers do things like this. It’s exactly what they want.

    • cleos_mom

      And there will no no shortage of people finding excuses for the killer or for the DCFS agents who looked the other way. Out of sight. Out of mind. And dead.

  • Boreal
    • Todd20036

      We elected a Shrub as president.

      • Silver Badger

        Twice!

      • j.martindale

        What “we,” Kemosabe?

        • Silver Badger

          Americans, collectively. Bush or trump voters are pretty rare here on JMG.

          • j.martindale

            Just saying, I don’t feel any responsibility for the age of misrule.

          • Silver Badger

            Me either too.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        And now, even he looks more palatable than what’s in the White Trashed House…let that bit of WTF sink in.

      • stevenj

        The first time, “we” elected Gore. SCOTUS elected Shrub. The second time 55+million idiots elected Shrub.

  • MBear

    Straight people are so violent

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    This baby should have been loved unconditionally as all babies should be. That his mother betrayed him for the most trivial of reasons is horrific. She deserves nothing less than what she got.

  • bkmn
    • TuuxKabin

      Only time he appears to have a non-forced smile on his hideous face. Before abusing a woman.

  • bkmn
    • Boreal

      Not sure why his name is familiar to me.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Joe use to be part of Ameriblog

        • Boreal

          That’s it. Thanks.

    • SoCalGal20

      The NRA is a terrorist organization and a criminal enterprise likely laundering money and funneling foreign money (RUSSIAN money) into U.S. elections. Something needs to be done to break the back of the NRA.

      • stevenj
        • Galvestonian

          There are too many politicians taking money & potential future job offers for a ‘do-nothing’ job with a multi-million dollar salary that this would affect. The gun lobby is all republicans and a huge percentage of Democrats – When does deer season open in the fall in any States ? The NRA would have ads and videos threatening every damn hunting right or any defensive action against anyone – they’d have every police department and the military out screaming, bitching and frothing at the mouth. It would be insane.

          • Furface

            The NRA has methodically constructed an Overton window around firearms that makes Apple storefronts look like security peepholes in cheap motel doors. Their tactics are based entirely on the extreme fear that any restrictions on firearms, no matter how benign, sensible, or popular, is the first step on the slippery slope to a ‘government’ police state. All their arguments are emotional. They drum up fear of ‘the other’ – people of color, criminals, terrorists. whatever or whoever is different as a gold plated reason that ‘we’ require our unfettered, god given right to be armed to the teeth to be safe. Without firearms we’re all victims.

            I’m 70 years old, grew up on military bases, lived in inner cities, and before my hands went south with carpal tunnel and arthritis could shoot 48 out of 50 at up to 30 yards with most hand guns, 90+ out of 100 at 200+ yards with many long guns. I have never felt the need to be armed for my safety. And I still haven’t figured out why it’s more difficult to get a license to be a nail technician in most jurisdictions than to get a concealed carry permit.

    • Bambino

      In short, NRA to America is what ISIL is to Syria.

      • Jonathan Smith

        yeah, just more toxic.

  • worstcultever

    No solace. Just pure awfulness.

    A lot of people just need to be neutered/spayed at birth.

    • Bambino

      Bob Barker should have added human in his PSA on The Price is Right back in the days.

    • Silver Badger

      The problem is, who decides?

  • zhera

    Poor little one, to be born into such a family. To not be rescued, not know what unconditional love is. Poor, poor boy. ♥

    • SoCalGal20

      He did know what unconditional love was. Then LA County DCFS ripped him away from that and he was murdered a few months later. His mother abandoned him when he was 1 month old and he lived with her parents from that point until Oct. 2012 when she suddenly decided she wanted custody of him again and DCFS was all “Ok”.

      • Silver Badger

        Think of the pain those grandparents are in.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          If she was my daughter, I would never visit her in jail and burn any letters I got from her.

          • Silver Badger

            I’d have them returned, marked “deceased”.

    • Blueflash

      Yes, and we can add countless young gay people disowned by their families, the thousands driven to suicide and sometimes as a result of the monstrous right-wing Christian fraud known as conversion therapy. But gay people are now the ones tyrannizing the Christian right with our requests for wedding cakes!

  • margaretpoa

    At least she and her boyfriend won’t be making any more children for them to torture to death.

  • margaretpoa

    Hmph! her IQ wasn’t “too low to understand what she was doing was wrong”. She understood it well enough to LIE about it.

  • Pleading for life without parole also means NO APPEAL. There may be circumstances where she might claim bad representation or something, but that’s highly remote.

    • Bambino

      If she believes in Jesus she should find comfort he will be there with her in the cell until she dies.

      • kat

        Someone that stupid and vicious is almost certainly a Christer.

        • Gianni

          And if not, she will find Jesus in prison. He seems to like to hang out there.

  • sach2

    Just kill me now. How can anyone do such a thing. Sometimes I hate the world we live in. A little kid that has done nothing wrong. How does one hate that much?

    • edrex

      stay alive and vote.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but these are the people that crashed Paul Ryan’s fundraiser in Key Biscayne last night. Heroes!!! (Also BEST twitter icon)

    https://twitter.com/perslsters/status/964677059904667648

    All the media hot takes on the Resistance waning, Blue Wave evaporating, etc does not take into account this persistent on-the-ground, relentless action going on everywhere, largely led by women.

    • David Walker

      Good. Nothing will happen, of course. Not enough people care and Ryan and his fellow assassins know that, or are at least banking on it. As long as the NRA and other gun lobbies “contribute” to their “election campaigns,” they aren’t about to listen. All the McRyans know they’ll be reelected, whether by legal or hacked means.

      And there will never be real discussion about paper ballots, either.

      The country is not what it was.

      • SoCalGal20

        Wow, thanks for your uplifting comment! Nothing is going to change with that attitude.

        • David Walker

          I couldn’t agree with you more.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      And children!

    • Todd20036

      I want the bald man with the beard on the right. Is that too much to ask?

    • fuow

      I hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

  • SoCalGal20

    So there are at least two National School Walkouts being planned. The one on March 17, and this one on April 20, the 19th anniversary of Columbine.

    https://twitter.com/schoolwalkoutus/status/964697373074231298

  • JWC

    Just so sad

  • Will Parkinson

    He’ll never know life, but now neither will she.

  • SoCalGal20
    • Todd20036

      Schneider is a Trumpanzee? shame

      • I mean, his comedy’s pretty desperate so I imagine so is he.

        • jmax

          “Comedy”.

          • It’s a reference to a That Guy With The Glasses review of the older Judge Dredd film. Dredd (played by Stallone) turned around and looked like he was insane addressing a mobile snack machine robot and saying it’s under arrest. TGWTG intoned in a mock stallone voice as if it was his thoughts: “I smell desperate comedy…” then reached in and yanked Ferguson (played by Schneider) out of the bot’s storage compartment.

  • Generic Commenter

    Such a horrible, horrible crime! The woman belongs behind bars, without doubt. My only objection is that California’s taxpayers will have to pay to support this murderess for the rest of her natural life.
    https://youtu.be/8OQvH90hKEw

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      While I understand you point, it should be noted that death penalty cases actually cost more than incarcerating someone for life. Besides, she’s a child killer, how long do you think she’ll last?

      • Generic Commenter

        I do not believe a civilized society should put its citizens to death, for any reason connected with administration of the criminal law. Even less do I approve of the notion that our justice system should turn convicts over to other convicts for ‘rough justice’ (a/k/a getting shanked in the shower [and not in a ‘good’ way]).

        Now, whether the U.S. still counts as a ‘civilized society’ is certainly up for discussion! 🙂

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    May she only know despair and torment. I have no time for such a waste of flesh nor will I feign any notion of forgiveness. Live long, suffer in the knowledge of what you have done and die alone; that is the only wish I have for this thing.

  • SoCalGal20

    In case you forgot it was infrastructure week at the WH!

    https://twitter.com/nick_ramsey/status/964726101212737536

    • another_steve

      Plus that robot traveled first-class and cost American taxpayers $4,504.33.

  • Ninja0980

    May the rest of her days be hell on earth.

  • Sam_Handwich

    new thread about a different monster

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      oh god, what now….

  • Tempus Fuggit

    “Mother”? “Mom”? No. If we must call this subhuman scum anything, “woman” will be the least inaccurate.

    • fuow

      Demon in human form. Even for a christian, this was awful.

    • cleos_mom

      She’s not the first parent who killed her child. Let’s not start sugarcoating.

      • Tempus Fuggit

        She’s not a parent, either.

        • Karl Dubhe

          It’s never taken very much to be a parent. Naturally, anyhow.

          Not all people are good at it, and a few are really bad.

        • cleos_mom

          But that’s my reaction when people — understandably — refer to someone who’s done something horrible as not human. In a way it is sugarcoating — we don’t want to believe that it’s in our species’ psyche to do such things but there it is.

  • fuzzybits

    This was one of the most heinous things I remember hearing about. That little boy deserved so much more.

    • Tmaximus

      Am still – after years – horrified by a father whom threw all of his children into a giant furnace because his church indoctrinated him into believing a rambunctious child is possessed by the devil. Then…there’s that woman who drowned all five of hers due to her preacher insisting her playful giddy kids were possessed by demons.

  • Ore Carmi

    Is it wrong that I feel for her? The news reporter said she didn’t show any emotion or shed tears, but I thought I saw her shaking. I hope for her that she is changing. The prospect of spending the rest of your life in prison is not pleasant, but maybe she’ll manage to make something good of her life even while in prison.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Did you read all of the things she did to HER SON?

      • Ore Carmi

        Yes.

    • Treant

      That you express compassion for another human is a good thing. That’s counterbalanced by the fact that she needs to be somewhere where she can never come into contact with any child ever again, of course.

      • Ore Carmi

        I’ll accept that! After all, she did something awful. She has to pay for it.

        • BuffaloDan

          I kind of get what you’re saying, Ore: I feel for her (in an alternate universe/”what if?” type way), wondering if she were not inculcated with “gay = evil,” what kind of a parent/person would she have turned out to be?

          She’s a horrible, awful person for her acts and deserves (!) punishment. But did she _have_ to be so horrible and awful? What made her so? Is there any way to stop people believing what she believes? I dunno. I used to think that it was possible — but these days… I dunno….

  • cleos_mom

    Cue the GoFundMe pitches from “God’s people”.

    If torturing a child to death doesn’t merit the death penalty, what does? Did she plead temporary insanity, voices in her head or Gawd’s will?

    • Tmaximus

      I think her boyfriend got the death penalty. Her guilty plea negates the death penalty.

  • Tmaximus

    The credit for the continuum of these murders is owed to bible bigots behind the pulpits whom convince low intelligence parents to torture & murder children…as well as incite ignorant parishioners to be predators. Their 2000 year old pyramid scheme is funded by pews filled up with a new generation putting $$ in a collection baskets. If someone isn’t spawning yet more in the pews, they aren’t funding preachers a lifestyle they desire being accustomed to having.

  • Charlie

    That poor child, never knowing that he mattered. His evil mother will rot in prison and, hopefully, become the ‘property’ of some BIG dyke who makes her take whatever she can dish out (a broom handle comes to mind). Unfortunately his young life had to be spent in the Palmdale/ Lancaster area of California where the first anti-Gay proposition (Prop 22) was conceived by the (now dead, thankfully) homophobic William Knight. Knight’s legacy carries on with his son now serving as the state senator from the 21st district in CA. Homophobia is rampant in this area and this poor kid is the result of this hatred.

    • James

      And cue the prison rape posts. How predictable.

      • Charlie

        Get over it…it’s only a prediction that she so rightly deserves…TROLL!

  • Gianni

    And people still get upset at the thought of two women or two men raising a child. Could it get any worse than what this MOTHER and her ‘boyfriend’ did to his little innocent? Such a horror story.

  • Bobby P

    “…her low IQ…”

    It’s always the low IQ folks that are the biggest phobes.

    My heart is sad for this sweet, little boy.

  • KP

    She will be very very lonely her first 20 or so years inside. Other inmates treat child killers like leapers. Sometime the inmates look the other way when the child killer has an “accident”

  • Larry Hankamer

    Sweet innocent kid. RIP Gabriel.

  • Andymac3

    This news report really sickened me when I first read about his death a few years ago, it was prolonged torture of a defenseless boy who was let down by family and friends, school, social workers. His mother only wanted custody of him for welfare money.

    I’m so pleased that she will get no parole and will be locked up for ever. Her partner will receive the death penalty. Some people don’t deserve to be parents.

  • Stubenville

    She should be forced to spend the rest of her days in a cell with a huge picture of that poor child on every wall.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Jesus fucking Christ, If her IQ is so low she doesn’t know right from wrong then she should not be allowed to raise children. It is not fair to her spawn.

  • gothambear

    God this breaks my heart – how i wish my husband and i could have rescued and adopted this boy…

  • Antonio Esquivel

    Crying shame, she deserves death penalty!

  • leastyebejudged

    There are kids out there right now that are alive now that need us.

  • JCF

    Having read through the previous blood-thirsty thread on Cruz, I’ll pass on this one.

    Memory eternal, Gabriel. If only you could have chosen your parents…

  • GanymedeRenard

    To Gabriel’s “mother” – I hope you will spend a lifetime of immeasurable regret, and that the memory of the little angel you TORTURED and MURDERED haunts you for as long as you live.

  • PDQ

    This poor kid lived in Palmdale, so he was doomed from the get-go. It’s the armpit of LA County.

    • TexasBoy

      And that’s a shame, 40 years ago when I was in high school it was a wonderful place to live. PHS class of 76.

      • PDQ

        How was it for LGBT kids? I can’t imagine it was very progressive or open minded. Lots of military and defense related stuff out there back then, right? And probably hard core Republican as a result.

        • TexasBoy

          California, in general, 40 years ago was pretty Republican. The GOP has changed a lot for the worse. Conservative used to mean minding your own business, and not a lot of social issues were discussed. As far as gay, it really wasn’t awful, it was just kept quiet. We had teachers every one knew were gay…but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. There were a handful of openly flamboyant kids, again, people tended to just ignore them. It wasn’t until religion was introduced into the political process that things got so awful, and it took a few years for that to happen. And yes, it was a big military as well as aerospace area. I remember they had to move the utility poles on Sierra Hwy to move the space shuttle on a truck.

          • PDQ

            I grew up in coastal Orange County and graduated high school three years behind you. Our parents were staunchly Republican, but being a Republican then was more about lowering government interference with business and fiscally conservative budgeting. Of course, Orange County would later go bankrupt because the county Treasurer was making wildly speculative and risky investments with an investment pool of money invested by cities, schools and the county itself. They went into bankruptcy December, 1994 and finally paid off the last of the bonds related to the bankruptcy in mid-2017.

            Now they’re represented by Dana Rohrbacher who is Putin’s best friend. I think Democrats actually stand a decent chance in the 2018 elections in traditionally conservative OC congressional districts this year. Republican voters know bat-sh*t crazy when they see it and their party has embraced the cray-cray.

  • TheSeer

    RIP Gabriel.

  • Dunkerblinker

    Christian values.

    RIP Gabriel!!

  • dcurlee

    I hope they beat her to death in prison

  • Chris Lion

    Can’t we just throw this woman into a wood-chipper and be done with it? I’m sure it’s in the Bible somewhere–that’s how these idiots justify most of their shit, so let’s throw it right back at them.

  • Ogre Magi

    reading about what happened to him makes me feel sick