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Gabriel Fernandez's death stirs anger -- at L.A. County officials
Gabriel Fernandez's death stirs anger -- at L.A. County officials

The abuse that witnesses and prosecutors say 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez endured from his mother and her boyfriend in the months leading up to his death in May 2013 was horrific: According to grand jury testimony reported by The Times, the Antelope Valley boy was pepper sprayed, beaten and forced to eat his own vomit, among other things. Readers who sent letters to The Times were rightly saddened and outraged — by Gabriel's mother and her boyfriend, yes, but even more so by L.A. County officials. The blame, they say, lies not only with front-line county social workers, but also with the Board of Supervisors. Here are some of their letters. Mark Rice of Palm Springs asks how...

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