Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
July 30, 2013
For Immediate Release
FOUR SOCIAL WORKERS FIRED IN DEATH
OF 8 YEAR-OLD GABRIEL FERNANDEZ
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Four staff including two social workers and two supervising social workers involved in the tragic death of Gabriel Fernandez were fired by the Department of Children and Family Services. Three additional staff were either reprimanded or received poor performance ratings in their personnel file. Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year old boy from Palmdale was allegedly tortured and beaten to death by his mother and her live in boyfriend in May.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who called for an investigation into the case, commended the Department of Children and Family Services for their decisive action. “It is vital that those working in the child protection system remain vigilant to ensure the safety and well-being of those in the County’s care,” said Supervisor Antonovich.
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