Los Angeles County detectives who were investigating Gabriel Fernandez’ death reportedly recovered ten BB guns, a wooden bat, and a club from the family home.
Detective Timothy O’Quinn, who led the murder investigation, testified Wednesday that officers also recovered two handcuffs and metal BBs in a container at the Palmdale, California, residence. He noted, however, that only one of the guns was able to shoot the metal pellets they discovered, according to KABC.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Alison Segal, a registered nurse who worked at the hospital where Fernandez was admitted into in May 2013, alleged that a pellet was located in the 8-year-old’s groin and he suffered BB gun-related injuries on his neck.
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KABC reported that prosecutors argued that authorities also found multiple BB’s embedded in the slain child’s lung, legs, buttocks, foot, and face.
Facing capital murder charges, Isauro Aguirre, 37, is accused of torturing his stepson for the eight months leading up to his death. The victim’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, will also face murder charges in an upcoming trial. The District Attorney said that four ex-social workers will also face felony child abuse charges for falsifying and omitting information from their records.
Four former social workers whose alleged failures and falsifications of records amount to child felony abuse, according to the district attorney.
Prosecutors rested their case against Aguirre following O’Quinn’s testimony. The defense is scheduled to begin their arguments on Monday.
The defense is expected to argue that the 8-year-old’s death was accidental and that the child’s mother could’ve carried out the unthinkable abuse. However, the judge ruled that defense attorney’s can’t present evidence highlighting her violent past.
Aguirre and Pearl face the death penalty if convicted.
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