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Four Social Workers Charged

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Grandparents Sandra and Robert Fernandez

Social workers knew about suicide note abused boy was forced to write, family says

Four Los Angeles County social workers have been charged with felony child abuse and falsifying public records in the 2012 death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, of Sylmar, California.

The dead boy’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, are currently awaiting trial on charges of capital murder and torture.

Court records indicate more than 60 complaints were lodged with county Department of Children and Family Services about the mother.

County prosecutors allege DCFS employees Stefanie Rodriguez, Patricia Clement, Kevin Bom and Gregory Merritt were negligent in allowing “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.”

The four have been charged with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of falsifying public records.

The boy’s mother and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to charges of beating the kid to death, shooting him in the chest and groin with a BB gun, knocking out his teeth, forcing him to eat his own vomit, drenching him with pepper spray and locking him in a cabinet in their bedroom with a sock stuffed in his mouth to silence his screams, according to court records.

Amanda Navarez, a family friend of Gabriel’s cousin, said she was shocked when she learned about the extent of the boy’s abuse.

“This was beyond abuse.  It was torture,” Navarez told Fox News Latino.  “We need a change in the system. DCFS needs to be restructured.  I’m just hoping they don’t drop charges to lesser charges.  We pay tax dollars for these people [social workers] and the union protects them.”

Fox News Latino attempted to contact Deputy District Attorney, John Hatami, handing the prosecution’s case and was told by DA spokesperson Ricardo Santiago, Hatami is not giving interviews at this time.

The fact that the social workers have also been prosecuted with criminal charges makes this case rare and historic for child welfare.

One of the most damning charges is a suicide note that Gabriel wrote, that according to court records, the social workers knew about.

“He was forced to write the suicide note, so that Pearl and Isauro could say it was his fault.  They say he did things to himself.  The truth is he played with dolls, and they claimed he was gay, and they hated that,” Emily Carranza, Gabriel’s cousin, told FNL.

Shortly before Gabriel’s death, the caseworkers decided to close his case.

At their arraignment last week, the social workers did not enter pleas, pending another hearing later this month.  Superior Court Judge Sergio Tapia set bail for each at $100,000.

“Social workers play a vital role in society.  We entrust them to protect our children from harm,” Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey said in a statement.  “When their negligence is so great as to become criminal, young lives are put at risk.  We believe these social workers were criminally negligent and performed their legal duties with willful disregard for Gabriel’s well-being.”

If convicted of child abuse and falsifying records, the social workers could face as much as 10 years in prison.

Prior to living with his mother and her boyfriend, Gabriel had lived with his grandparents, starting at a month old.

Gabriel’s grandfather, Robert, told police he lost custody of the boy when his daughter took him to a barbecue and refused to return him.  She later returned with sheriff’s deputies, who claimed she had rights to Gabriel because she was his biological mother.

Within eight months living in his mother and boyfriend’s care, Gabriel’s teacher, Jennifer Garcia, reported physical signs of abuse to social workers.  It’s been reported that the abuse continued to get more severe.

Calls to Pearl and Aguirre’s attorneys for comment were not answered by press time.

The teacher first reported the abuse when Gabriel said his mother would hit him with a belt buckle until he bled.  He asked her if that was normal.

“I called the social worker several times after that incident,” Garcia told The Antelope Valley Times, saying she had the caseworker’s number on speed dial.  “She [Pearl Fernandez, Gabriel’s mother] made him wear girls’ clothes to school once, saying it was to embarrass him.”

Additionally, Gabriel told her that he wanted to go back to living with his grandparents, Garcia told the newspaper.

The boy’s grandfather told the Antelope Valley Times that he heard rumors of Pearl’s neighbors also reporting the abuse.

“Pearl gave Gabriel up as soon as he was born.  There was no bonding with him as an infant.  I’ve heard rumors that she [Pearl] was abused herself by Robert, who I’ve also heard is gang affiliated,” Navarez told FNL.

She added: “Isauro [the boyfriend] was always a bully, I’ve heard from friends, even though on the outside he appeared to be very nice.”

CO School Board Member Has Child Abuse Past

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MiDian Holmes

New DPS board member once convicted of
Child Abuse

DENVER, CO  –  The newest board member for Denver Public Schools was once convicted of child abuse, according to court documents obtained by 9NEWS.

MiDian Holmes, the newly appointed board director for northeast Denver and DPS Board President Anne Rowe spoke exclusively to 9NEWS reporter Noel Brennan Wednesday afternoon at the district’s headquarters.

“I guess the best way to put it, is my biggest nightmare as a parent happened,” Holmes said, describing a November 2005 incident involving her then two-year-old daughter.

Holmes said she was getting ready for work when her daughter wandered out of the apartment.  Holmes said she discovered her child was missing and noticed her front door was cracked open.  She said she went outside to look for her child.

“A neighbor saw me panicked and looking – she saw the panic in my eyes and she came to me,” Holmes described.  “She said, ‘Do you have a daughter?’  And I said, ‘Yes’ and she said, ‘I found her and I took her to the leasing office.’”

Holmes said police were called and she was charged with “wrongs to minors,” a violation of Denver city code.  Court records obtained by 9NEWS show the case was dismissed and Holmes was ordered to take parenting classes and sentenced to one year of probation.

“I wanted to move forward.  I wanted to move on,” Holmes said.  “I wanted to, you know, put this behind me and raise my kids, and I did.”

School Board President Anne Rowe said Holmes disclosed details of the 2005 incident during the application process.

“MiDian was very up-front and candid with regard to the situation that happened approximately 10 years ago with her daughter,” Rowe said.

However, court records obtained by 9NEWS showed a separate 2006 case in which Holmes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge.  The records showed a jail sentence of 15 days was imposed and Holmes’ probation was extended six months.

Holmes denied that the 2006 case was separate.

“The case would have to be related to the situation that took place with my daughter,” Holmes said, adding “I’ve never been to jail.”

Holmes later clarified that she spent 16 hours in jail after failing to appear in court for a traffic ticket.

School Board President Anne Rowe said she couldn’t comment on the 2006 child abuse case.

“I can’t really speak to that right now,” she said.  “I am comfortable in the decision we made.”

A spokeswoman for Denver Public Schools also addressed a typo in a press release sent out Tuesday which stated MiDian Holmes graduated from the University of Denver.

According to DU, Holmes attended two quarters at the university but did not graduate. Nancy Mitchell, DPS chief communication officer, clarified Wednesday that Holmes received a degree from National Association of Credit Management.

On Wednesday, Denver Public Schools sent out the following statement:

While we have directly responded to a number of inquiries today regarding our newly selected board member, MiDian Holmes, we would like to take this opportunity to respond in writing.  Prior to Ms. Holmes being appointed to the board seat representing Northeast Denver, she informed board members about a situation in which she was accused of neglecting her 2-year-old daughter.  Here is what she shared with board members:

When this occurred more than a decade ago, Ms. Holmes was the single mother of three young children under the age of 10.  After seeing her two oldest children off for the day, and while her young daughter was sleeping, Ms. Holmes showered in preparation for her work day.  When she emerged from the bathroom, she discovered her daughter was no longer in bed and the apartment door was ajar. She ran outside to search for her child and a neighbor, noticing her frantic searching, let her know that she had found the young girl and had taken her to the leasing office of the apartment complex.  Ms. Holmes went to the office and was told they had contacted police; police had picked up the girl.  Ms. Holmes was charged with neglecting her daughter in the case.  She was unable to afford an attorney but did not meet the income requirements to qualify for a public defender.  She represented herself and, after a discussion with the prosecuting attorney, agreed to plead guilty.  She was eager to put the situation behind her and move forward with her family. Ms. Holmes was sentenced to parenting classes and she satisfactorily completed the requirement.  At no time did Ms. Holmes inaccurately respond to questions on the board member application or questionnaire.  She also did not represent on her resume that she graduated from the University of Denver; she simply indicated she had attended the school.  The press release from the DPS Office of Communications incorrectly stated she was a DU graduate.

Holmes was selected from nine finalists to complete the four-year term vacated by Landri Taylor who resigned in February.  Landri’s term is set to expire in 2017.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the DPS Board of Education announced Holmes as the new Board Director for northeast Denver. She is set to be sworn in at the Board of Education work session Monday, April 18.

CPS LIES, COVERUPS, FORGED COURT DOCUMENTS

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Congressional Briefing: Abused and Neglected Children are left vulnerable to Further Harm

Remake Of Groundhog Day:
CPS – The Stepford Years
2002 to 2016

There was another installment of  Leiliana Wright’s death in the Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News.

I can’t do it, but you can if you want, then you can come back here and see what I found that somehow I missed before.  I will give you a big hint, the hint is right above me in Heading 2, meanwhile I couldn’t find the exact DMN article, but this link right below me will take you to one that is close enough.

Believe it or not, the press gets out of character and throws some CPS people under the bus, but quickly saves them before they get all they deserve.  The really cool part is the bus actually does some decent damage though….

4-year-old Leiliana Wright needed Dallas CPS. It failed at every turn, records show

It’s the same drivel every time one of The Untouchables, or a big handful of The Untouchables get busted:  Overworked, Underpaid, Too Much Paperwork, Underfunded, etc…

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren’t Being Enforced

This is my post from NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! on January 28, 2015.

I missed a very important point, and in doing so I most probably have missed helping countless Children.

How could every state, as far as I can tell, fail to comply with meeting at the very least, minimum Federal Child Welfare Standards since 2001 or 2002????

CAI Holds Congressional Briefing to Unveil New Report:

Shame on U.S.

Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm
January 27, 2015

THE REAL CRIME

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Make A Difference

Life Without Parole For A Whole
Lot Of People

It is well past time to see the end of Planned Parenthood, and all the evil and misery they deal out.

MISERY????

OH, LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS….

Selling illegal body parts is just the tip of the iceberg, and must carry a heavy FELONY FOR EACH BODY PART.

BUT, selling illegal murdered babies body parts, for illegal research on fetal body parts should draw life as we know it sentences for a whole lot of people from planned parenthood all the way up to a whole lot of people in Washington.

But that still doesn’t begin to address the Dr Frankenstein mentality at work here behind the scenes, not having to rob graves, but simply finish growing illegally harvested baby body parts, for very illegal transplants.

ACCORDING TO WHO’S DATA????

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Dr Martin Luther King Jr

New Federal Data Shows Nearly 3 Percent Rise in Child Abuse

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.

According to the report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the estimated number of victimized children in the 2014 fiscal year was 702,208 — up from 682,307 in 2013.

The report estimated fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect at 1,580 — up from 1,530 in 2013.

HHS said Rafael Lopez, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, had sought input from child welfare officials in states with the increases in reported abuse and neglect.

According to Lopez, the officials cited substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence as factors contributing to the increased maltreatment.