New Netflix docuseries “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is a thorough and heartbreaking examination of the systemic forces that allow child abuse to flourish undetected in the United States.
At the center of the series is Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy who died in May 2013 after being severely abused and tortured by his mother and her boyfriend, both of whom were arrested and convicted for his death.
Through interviews with members of Gabriel’s family, courtroom testimony, and insight from experts on psychology and family relationships, director Brian Knappenberger attempts to answer some key questions: What, exactly, happened to Gabriel, and why didn’t anyone step in to save him?
Watch “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” now on Netflix.
Read the story at TIME.
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