Enact Gabriel's Law - Thoroughly Investigate Child Abuse Claims
  • Petitioned California State House

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California State House
California-077
State Rep. Brian Maienschein
California-034
State Rep. Shannon Grove
California-064
State Rep. Isadore Hall
California-017
State Rep. Tom Ammiano
California-057
State Rep. Ian Calderon
California-029
State Rep. Mark Stone
California-058
State Rep. Cristina Garcia

Enact Gabriel's Law - Thoroughly Investigate Child Abuse Claims

    1. Nicole Goodfellow
    2. Petition by

      Nicole Goodfellow

      Burbank, CA

 

Gabriel Fernandez is not the first California child to die as a result of inadequate investigation of child abuse claims, but he must be the last. We need a Gabriel's Law to honor the memory of this innocent child who was failed by the system and to prevent the same thing from happening to another child, because it will unless we act now.

Gabriel Fernandez, an 8 year old boy from Palmdale, CA was brutally tortured and eventually murdered by his mother and her boyfriend on May 22, 2013. He had suffered a fractured skull, three broken ribs and burns to his skin. Two of his teeth were knocked out, and paramedics found BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin.

There were over 60 reports of abuse but yet he was allowed to remain with his mother and none of the reports were adequately investigated.

His grandparents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles County agencies involved in this horrifying situation. I believe that LA County will not be able to adequately reform their system, and I also believe that other counties in California have the same issues. This is a state issue, and as such state legislators need to take immediate action.

 

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    • Tammi Stefano WINNETKA, CA
      • 4 months ago

      There were actually 69 referrals to the DCFS Office and every time they came, which was not 69 times but 7 times out of the 69, they left 5 minutes later and closed the referral as 'UNFOUNDED'! Understanding that this child had burns all over his body, old and new, had disclosed to his teacher continuously and told of the abuse to several competent adults, he was still left to fend for himself. This is the model of the systemic failures of the present DCFS System. They take children when there is no reason and they leave children that are in desperate need of help. Abolish DCFS in California and institute a system that protects children and families.

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    • KImberly Ferguson GLENVILLE, NY
      • 6 months ago

      We need to protect these children. Gabriel deserved better than this.

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    • Veronica Gordon LANCASTER, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Children can not escape abuse without the help of a brave defender. Gabriel tried to do the right thing and tell different adults but unfortunately was not rescued. If just one adult took the time and put their focus on getting Gabriel taken away from the abuse he would have truly been grateful. All he wanted was to live and be that happy child you see in his photos. He did everything he knew to get help so please do not continue to fail other children just like Gabriel.

      They need our HELP TODAY!!!

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    • HS Gill LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 7 months ago

      because justice has failed to protect children from their molesters and abusers, and judges in the court have been distributing justice in the name of capitalism.

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    • Sharon Schreiner AURORA, CO
      • 7 months ago

      NO CHILD DESERVES THIS...

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