8-Year Old Beaten To Death, Cries For Help Left Unanswered

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Last week a little boy died.

While most 8 year olds were playing games, riding bikes, Gabriel Fernandez was struggling to survive and to avoid being beaten. Chances are he never had a really “good” day in his very brief life.

Anyone who saw Gabriel on a daily basis knew what was happening to him. If they didn’t see the bruises and burns and cuts on his face and body , he wrote it in a note, saying he wanted to kill himself. According to the LA Times, the social worker assigned to that case “did not make first contact with the family until 20 days after the complaint was received, and then ‘made minimal attempts to investigate’”.

A lot can happen in 20 days when someone is threatening suicide, and in the case of an 8 year old, you would think a social worker would maybe drop a few cases to check out the reasons why—but I digress.

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