A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend were indicted Wednesday, charged with beating the woman's 8-year-old son to death last year, officials said.
The boy, Gabriel Fernandez, was declared dead in May 2013, two days after paramedics responded to a call about a boy not breathing in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10.
The defendants inflicted multiple injuries on the boy, including fracturing his skull, breaking several ribs and burning him, according to the district attorney's office.
The special circumstance murder makes the defendants eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors will later decide whether to seek a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The pair are being held without bail. They will next appear in court on Aug. 14.