LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has taken the first steps to fire four employees in connection with the death of a 9-year-old Palmdale boy, county officials said Tuesday.
Relatives of the 8-year-old Palmdale boy who was beaten to death said the announcement that is an important step in what will be a continued fight against child abuse.
County CEO Bill Fujioka announced the move on Twitter “based on an internal investigation” into the death of Gabriel Fernandez on May 24.
The recommendation was made by DCFS director Philip Browning to discharge the four employees, Fujioka said. The two social workers and two supervisors are on paid leave pending a hearing in August.
Two of Gabriel Fernandez’s cousins, who were present when the decision was announced, say they will fight any appeals and continue their campaign to gather support for Gabriel’s case.
“How many have passed on that they just swept under the rug because no one’s making any noise about it?” said Gabriel’s cousin.
KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports three other employees will be reprimanded as a result of the investigation.