4 social workers charged in connection with death of 8-year-old boy

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LOS ANGELES — Four social workers in Los Angeles County are charged in connection with the death of a child.

Back in 2012, 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was tortured and killed, even though authorities had been warned numerous times of abuse in his home.

Prosecutors allege employees at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services minimized the boy’s injuries and allowed him to stay at home and continue to be abused.

The social workers are charged with felony child abuse and falsifying public records.

A judge set bail for each of them at $100,000.

The boy’s mother and her boyfriend are awaiting trial on charges of murder and a special circumstance of torture.


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