What Pearl Sinthia Fernandez put her son Gabriel through is nothing short of evil.
The so-called mother has pleaded guilty to torturing and murdering her eight-year-old son.
She and her boyfriend killed little Gabriel because they thought he was gay.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and admitted the special circumstance allegation of intentional murder by torture in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Fernandez faces life in prison without parole when she is sentenced on June 7.
Her 37-year-old boyfriend Isauro Aguirre viciously and mercilessly abused her son, Gabriel Fernandez, for months leading up to the boy’s death on May 22, 2013.
Aguirre, who was found guilty of murder and torture in November.
His incomprehensible abuse of Gabriel included severe beatings and whippings.
He burnt the defenceless little boy with cigarettes, shot him with a B.B. gun, forced him to eat cat litter and feces, and locked him in a container for days.
Jurors recommended the death penalty for Aguirre in December. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8.
Heartbreaking details of the abuse shocked the courtroom during Aguirre’s trial last year.
Gabriel’s siblings told the court how the evil pair subjected him to sickening abuse because they thought he was gay.
His teenage brother and sister wept as they testified against the pair in court.
Ezequiel C, Gabriel’s 16-year-old brother, told how Aguirre put a sock over his brother’s mouth on occasion and sometimes used a bandana to silence him.
He also said Aguirre kicked Gabriel in the face, stomach and groin and that he used a wooden hanger to beat him.
When his injuries were visible, he says the pair told him to lie and say Gabriel suffered them when they were playing.
The couple also used to taunt Gabriel by calling him gay and would force him to wear girl’s clothes to school, he said.
In addition to beatings, they tortured the boy by forcing him to eat spoiled food, the court heard.
His brother described how they once made him eat rotten spinach and even made him eat his own vomit when he threw up onto the table afterwards.
On May 22, 2013, the night of Gabriel’s death, Aguirre repeatedly punched Gabriel in the head.
When he fell to the ground after the fatal blow, Aguirre and the boy’s mother panicked.
They placed him in the shower and slapped him continuously to try to revive him but were unsuccessful and eventually called 911.
When paramedics arrived, they claimed he had been playing with his brother in the cabinet, where they made him sleep, when he hit his head.
Gabriel’s death shocked the nation in 2013 and triggered a string of internal investigations within Child Protective Services.
Nine different sheriff’s deputies investigated the case but none made any arrests before his death.