Former cellmate of Gabriel Fernandez’s mother reveals what happened to Pearl Fernandez after she was sentenced to prison.
Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, murdered 8-year-old Gabriel on May 24, 2013, after months of abuse and torture.
Netflix’s 2020 docuseries, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” explored Pearl and Aguirre’s harrowing case and sentencing in Gabriel’s murder.
After being sentenced to life without parole, Pearl is currently serving time in Central California Women’s Facility.
She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and murder involving torture in 2018. She avoided the death penalty as a result of her plea deal.
The now-39-year-old was denied a resentencing in 2021.
During her imprisonment at the same jail as Pearl Fernandez, a woman says she was assaulted.
On TikTok, Yvette Garcia, who was serving time at Central California Women’s Facility when Pearl was sentenced, shared details of the alleged assault.
According to Garcia, Pearl’s fellow inmates knew about Pearl’s crimes and had planned to “get her” once she arrived at the prison
She says one inmate took matters into her own hands by arranging a beating.
“It ended up in the chow hall,” Garcia reports, “and they beat the f–ck out of her.”
“They sliced her up with the lid from a tuna can.”
Pearl was thrown hot water by other inmates, Garcia claims. Angel Annie Medina, the inmate behind the assault, died in a shooting after getting released from prison, according to another video.
In 2018, Pearl told a court: “I want to apologize to my family for what I did… I wish Gabriel was alive.”
She added, “Every day I wish that I’d made better choices.”
Judges rejected Pearl’s remorse, calling her actions “horrendous and inhumane.”
Gabriel was tortured and abused by his mother and her boyfriend after being placed in their care eight months before his death, jurors heard during her trial.
Among the abuse were beatings, being forced to eat cat litter and feces, eating his own vomit, and being shot with a BB gun.
Gabriel was beaten by Pearl and Aguirre for not cleaning up his toys the day of his murder.
Gabriel’s siblings, who Pearl shares with his father Arnold Contreras, were also abused, but not as severely.
According to Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami, Pearl and Aguirre tortured Gabriel because they thought he was gay.
Aguirre was sentenced to death for his role in the murder. His execution date is not affected by California’s moratorium on capital punishment.
Throughout her childhood, Pearl suffered abuse and has been diagnosed with depression, developmental disabilities, and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Netflix’s docuseries.
Four social workers accused of failing to protect Gabriel and falsifying case records were dropped in 2020.
As other family members raised concerns about Gabriel after he was placed in Pearl’s care, Child Protective Services failed in this case.