California boy forced to eat cat feces, own vomit before allegedly being beaten to death by mom, boyfriend: Testimony

Photo provided by his family via KTLA

Photo provided by his family via KTLA

Court documents released in California Tuesday include horrific details in the alleged beating death of an 8-year-old boy.

The L.A. Times reports the boy’s mother and her boyfriend forced him to eat his own vomit, doused him with pepper spray and locked him in a cabinet with a “a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams.”

Authorities arrived to the home on May 22, 2013 after the mother called 911 to say the boy was not breathing. She told police the boy had fallen and hit his head.

“When paramedics arrived, they found Gabriel naked in a bedroom, not breathing, with a cracked skull, three broken ribs and BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin.,” the Times reports.

The boy died two days later.

Testimony from the boy’s siblings said he was forced to “eat cat feces, rotten spinach and his own vomit.”  They also detailed abuse that included being hit with a metal hanger, a bat, a club and a belt buckle.

The case made headlines in California in 2013 and prompted calls for reforms to the foster care system in Los Angeles County because, according to the Times, child welfare workers failed to remove the boy from the home.

Much more on the story at the L.A. Times.

4 comments

  • darryl

    Think about it folks,,if CPS’ true intentions were to truly HELP children,they would do DEEP background checks REGARDLESS of the manpower they have. It is human slavery. Same as your local hospital,your city’s Lead Prosecutor,if the real motives were to STOP CRIME,CURE SICKNESS,AND PROTECT CHILDREN,,THOSE 3 Human Services Fields would not be needed,thus;billions of dollars would NOT BE GOING into people’s personal bank accounts,offshore accounts,etcetera,etcetera,etcetera! Call me crazy or a tinfpil hat conspiracy theorist? No,excuse me, I just have the capability to THINK and ask questions,and not have my head filled or preoccupied with MTV Misoc Awards,video games,radio,television,and other useless CRAP DESIGNED TO keep one’s brainwaves at a lower frequency 24/7!

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