- Pearl Fernandez brutally murdered her 8-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez, a true story that is now the basis for a Netflix docuseries.
- After pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Pearl was sentenced to life in prison.
- Gabriel's mom is still alive, serving out her sentence at Chowchilla State Women's Prison.
Netflix's true crime docuseries, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, tells the heartbreaking and devastating true story of the 2013 murder of 8-year-old boy, Gabriel Fernandez, from California. The series showcases how a history of abuse from Gabriel's parents and guardians and a lack of support and protection from the adults closest to him eventually led to his untimely and violent death.
Perhaps the most chilling detail in the documentary is that Gabriel was killed by his own mother, Pearl Fernandez, with help of her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre. Fernandez and Aguirre beat Gabriel to the point of death, something she eventually had to answer for in court.
What happened to Gabriel Fernandez's mom, Pearl?
In 2017, she pled guilty to the first-degree murder of Gabriel. Per the Los Angeles Times, prosecutors considered giving Pearl the death penalty, but her defense team argued it wasn't appropriate, given her low IQ.
Did Pearl Fernandez die, or is she still alive?
Today, Pearl is still alive and remains in the Chowchilla State Women's Prison, where she is currently serving her life sentence.
Inmates, who are known to have abused children typically get rough treatment from other inmates in their prison, and that's allegedly happening to Pearl at Chowchilla.
According to Twitter user @dez_banda, who says their mom works at the prison where Pearl is housed, she has allegedly been physically assaulted by other inmates. "Pearl Fernandez is in my moms prison where she works and she’s been getting her ass beat," read the tweet. (Worth noting: This tweet is currently unconfirmed and could be just a rumor.)
Isauro Aguirre, Pearl's boyfriend at the time of Gabriel's death, remains on death row, awaiting an execution date, according to Distractify.
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