Hello my lovelies. Because I am Queen of all I survey and because the ruling monarch must at times do things for the people that they may not at the time realize is in their best interest, I have jumped into the deep end and am carrying on with what I consider my sacred trust from Gord Downie and doing my best to shed light on a very broken system.
Before we get into this and totally not because I am trying to put it off even for a second if I can let’s discuss the word allegedly.
Allegedly is an adverb. An adverb, just in case any of my favorite readers are still out there is a word that modifies or qualifies a verb, adjective, determiner, another adverb etc. If you need further help I recommend remedial English around grade 1 edition.
Anyway, allegedly is an adverb used to convey that something has taken place, or is the case although it has not yet been proven. As an example. DCFS is allegedly the most ungodly, useless, disgusting government body that has ever been brought into existence. CPS or child protective services along with everything else in life went PC and was changed to DCFS to allegedly reflect a more family friendly and less child-centric identity. So, we are all good with allegedly right? Because it is going to come up a lot in this particular blog.
DCFS is a broken thing, and while I realize that this series of blogs is about Gabriel and what happened to him, it happened to him largely in part because of DCFS so we are going to have to talk about DCFS for a bit.
It started out as a good idea in my opinion. An outside institution that was set up to help children. Nothing wrong with that because a LOT of children need help. The problem is that A) the government runs the thing B) there is a LOT of money involved once a child is in the system, it is in DCFS best interest to keep the child in the system for as long as humanly possible because there is just a fuckton of state and federal cash to be had by having said children in the system. A child in the system brings upwards of $250000 per kid. C) the powers that this government body have are far to overreaching D) they lie. Yes, I said it, they lie. Often and unfortunately that blade cuts both ways. Children that should not have anything to do with DCFS are yanked from stable loving homes and put into the system, and children like Gabriel have their injuries downplayed, or just not accounted for, they don’t follow up, they don’t do a lot of things. E) Actual workers who do give a shit about the children they are trying to help are ridden over by their supervisors, told what they can and cannot say in reports, are often discounted as being hypersensitive and told that things that they saw they didn’t see *in context* F) You cannot be a political organization and do social work. Those two things are diametrically opposed.
Melinda Murphy, a 20 year veteran of the DCFS has gone rogue and has a lot to say. Read it. http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/la-county-dcfs-whistleblower-reveals-how-parents-are-losing-their-children-to-a-corrupt-system/
With all that being said, what in the fuck happened with Gabriel Fernandez.
The Los Angeles times unearthed some documents that show that a minimum of six separate complaints of abuse, neglect and brutality were made to the LA department of DCFS. Six. Six times DCFS visited Gabriel at home and six times they left him there. . She said he often appeared at school battered. Her word. Battered. Battered should be A thing you do to chicken, not a small boy.
Gabriel only made it to the ripe old age of 8 because he was taken in by his grandparents shortly after his birth in 2005. Nor was he the first run in that Mother Theresa had with DCFS. Her oldest son suffered a head injury because he was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt during a car accident. The following year a relative reported she was beating the boy and had stated she didn’t want him. This was deemed unfounded.
In 2007, social workers received a complaint that Pearl did not feed one of her daughters and threatened to break her jaw when she cried.
The following year, Pearl was convicted of using a weapon in Texas and was sentenced to two weeks behind bars, according to court records.
In October of that year, relatives said Pearl suddenly decided that she loved and wanted Gabriel and two siblings and took them from her parents where they had by all accounts been leading a healthy happy stress free life. Emily Carranza, Gabriel’s cousin, said “it was for the welfare money.” Pearl told social workers she was concerned about the treatment of her son by relatives… um excuse me for a second. ckocxjvkhlkbjc,jknkmlmlkkbmlgdpfksdfghjmk.l.,mnbgtgyhgtuyjhges. (head off of keyboard, sorry) SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK MOTHER OF GOD WHAT THE FUCK. Social workers found that credible? I actually don’t know but they must have since she got them.
Days later, not even a week, but days later DCFS received a call from relatives alleging she was physically abusing all the children. This was SUBSTANTIATED. Instead of immediately returning them to people that loved them she was allowed to keep them and enter counseling.
His teacher called in October stating the boy was bruised about the face and hands. The next month she called and told them he had a busted lip and scratches that the boy had attributed to mother of the year.
In January she called because Gabriel’s face was covered in bruised dots. He stated his mother had shot him in the face repeatedly with a BB gun.
When being interviewed Gabriel recanted his stories of abuse. Want to know why. I knew as soon as I saw that statement and I bet you do too, but I am going to tell you all anyway. They always interviewed Gabriel while he was seated right beside good old mommy of the year. Of course he recanted. What must he have thought would happen if he told them the truth. How could he known they would remove him or if they would remove him or if mommy would just have to promise with a cherry on top to be a nicer person and take some class and then the real fun could begin. In an internal memo that was never supposed to see the light of this or any other day, workers were criticised for not removing Gabriel to a safe neutral place away from Godzilla to be interviewed.
In March his therapist found a note stating that Gabriel wanted to kill himself. I just can’t imagine why? The complaint was dismissed because the kid forgot to make an actual plan on his piece of paper on how he was going to do it and it was therefore not considered a suicide risk. CHRIST ON A CRACKER HOW THE FUCK IS THIS THING THAT IS SO IMPORTANT SO FUCKING BROKEN? HOW? That month his whatever the fuck you want to call her at this point because mother isn’t the correct word, decided to end contact with the social workers, stating she didn’t need their help. AGAIN HOW IN THE FUCK IS THAT A THING THAT CAN HAPPEN?
On May 22 firefighters were called to Gabriel’s hell, I mean house where he was found unresponsive. He died two days later. His siblings obviously also living in terror said they heard something happen but would not elaborate on that statement at that time.
Garrett Therolf is a name you don’t know. He is the reporter that worked tirelessly to unearth this unholy mess against DCFS. See reporters have a tendency to care when such an egregious wrong has been done. They also have the tenacity of a rabid pitbull with a particularly nice bone. So Garrett Therolf, my hat is off to you, you are one of the unsung hero’s in the world and god help us all, we need more.
We are going into the trial tomorrow everybody. Sorry.
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