Boy's torture death triggers investigation

May 29, 2013 - 0 Comments

May 29, 2013 LA Times

An L.A. County investigation has been launched into how the county handled abuse complaints involving an 8-year-old boy who police say was tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend.

Gabriel Hernandez was discovered in his Palmdale home May 22 by firefighters responding to a call that the boy was barely breathing. Authorities said he suffered numerous injuries resulting from abuse, including a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns. He died last Friday.

County officials declined to detail their involvement with the family leading up to the death, but four child protective services workers were placed on desk duty as the county investigates them for possible disciplinary action.

"We need to know where the breakdown was in the services recommended and why this child was not removed from those living conditions," said county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Antonovich was unable to say whether the results of the review would be made public, or whether the case was going to be referred to the Children's Special Investigations Unit, a team of lawyers who conduct in-depth, independent investigations of select child fatalities. Read More

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