‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez’ Is Netflix’s Most Harrowing True-Crime Documentary Yet

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 26.02.20

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez has been released on Netflix, and the true-crime documentary is one of the saddest yet.

Reading the synopsis and case details for the trial that became the centre point for the new Netflix docuseries was genuinely heart-wrenching and hard to stomach.


In a series that will probably be very distressing to many viewers, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez tells of the physical abuse of a young boy that eventually left him dead, with many people liable to take a portion of the blame; especially his parents.

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

On 22nd May 2013 in Palmdale, paramedics found eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez unconscious after his mother had called them, saying there had been an accident.


Upon further investigation, paramedics found that the young boy’s body was covered in injuries. His skull had been fractured in two places, he had three broken ribs, his teeth were knocked out with a bat, while his lungs and groin were severely injured by BB gun pellets.

Absolutely despicable.

As it turned out, Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, were responsible, having been abusing the poor eight-year-old for a long time.


Gabriel was pronounced brain-dead the day he was taken into hospital, with the decision to turn of his life-support taking place two days later.

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In the trial of his mother and her boyfriend, it was later revealed that Gabriel was forced eat cat faeces, as well as his own vomit. Not only that, but he was made to sleep in a small cupboard with his feet bound and mouth gagged.


Adding to the putrid nature of this story, the household was investigated numerous times by various social workers, yet no measures were taken to protect the eight-year-old.

In light of that, various Los Angeles County district attorneys put the state on trial for his death, as they wanted four former county Department of Children and Family Services employees face consequences for their blatant negligence, as well as the monsters, who wear Gabriel’s mother and her boyfriend.

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In 2016, prosecutors argued the four workers minimised “the significance of the physical, mental and emotional injuries that Gabriel suffered … [and] allowed a vulnerable boy to remain at home and continue to be abused.


It’s a horrible story and you can watch it unfold once more on Netflix now, though I’m not sure why you would.

I’m not true-crime’s biggest advocate, but the thought of anyone making money from something like this genuinely turns my stomach.

I do hope whatever money Netflix make from this show goes straight to the children’s charity.

Images via Netflix