Mother pleads guilty to torturing her son to death because her boyfriend thought the boy was gay

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Pearl Sinthia Fernandez killed her son Gabriel in May 2013 with the help of her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre. He was found naked at their home in Palmdale, Los Angeles, with a fractured skull, broken ribs and burns, he was rushed to a hospital where died two days later. A court heard how the couple beat their son, shot him with a BB gun, fed him cat litter and faeces and kept him bound and gagged for days at a time. The boy was repeatedly abused and call gay, his teen sisters cried in the court when they testified about it. Yesterday the boy’s mother officially admitted torturing her own child to death and filed a guilty plea. Fernandez’s sentence hearing has been scheduled for June 7 and jurors have sought the death sentence for her. However, her lawyers are arguing that her low IQ should disqualify her from capital punishment.

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