'Gabriel's Law' proposed to help protect LA County children

The Lancaster City Council has unanimously agreed on proposing a new law that could change how allegations of child abuse are investigated.  The new measure, "Gabriel's Law," is named for 8 year-old Gabriel Fernandez who was tortured to death by his parents in 2013.

Gabriel Fernandez (family photo)

The proposal was announced a day after the boyfriend of Fernandez's mother, Isauro Aguirre, was found guilty of first-degree murder.  Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 34, is still awaiting trial.

Councilwoman Angela Underwood-Jacobs first proposed the motion, which would make it mandatory for Los Angeles County social workers to digitally record visits made to Lancaster homes.  She was clearly not alone, with the measure gaining full support from the city council and mayor R. Rex Parris.  

Mayor Parris said in a statement:

“I applaud Council Member Underwood-Jacobs for taking this stand on behalf of all children, not only here in the Antelope Valley, but throughout the state of California,” he said in a statement. “I am confident that the enactment of Gabriel’s Law will have far reaching benefits throughout not only California, but our nation as a whole.”

KFI's Eric Leonard has more on the proposed law:

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