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Couple Charged With Capital Murder In Child Beating Death

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A Palmdale couple were charged today with capital murder in the beating of the woman's 8-year-old son, who died last week.

Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, were ordered to be held without bail while they await arraignment June 11 in Lancaster Superior Court.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of torture. The District Attorney's Office will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against the pair.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel were sent around 11 p.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10 in response to a report that the boy, Gabriel, was not breathing, according to sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hudson.

The boy -- who had been hospitalized in critical condition since Wednesday night - died Friday.

Investigators said he suffered a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns.

Aguirre was questioned by detectives and allegedly "admitted to causing the injuries to the victim,'' Hudson said, adding two other children in the residence were taken into protective custody by the county Department of Children and Family Services.

The boy's mother allegedly admitted to being present during the assault and not doing anything to stop it, Hudson said.

Officials have said that authorities had previous contact with Fernandez over treatment of the boy. The boy's grandfather told reporters that neighbors contacted DCFS to report abuse in the home, but nothing was done.

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has called for an investigation of all county social workers and supervisors involved in the boy's case.

"We need to know where the breakdown was in the services recommended and why this child was not removed from those living conditions,'' Antonovich said.

Sheriff's officials have also said they plan to investigate any contacts deputies may have had with the family.

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