SBCO Superior Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/18/16 – 2:44 PM PDT |

A former Los Angeles County social worker recently charged in connection with the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez has been working on child custody cases in San Bernardino County for more than two years, a court spokesman said Monday.

Kevin Bom, 36, of Phelan has worked as a child custody recommending counselor in San Bernardino Superior Court’s Family and Children Services Division since late 2013, court spokesman Dennis Smith said Monday.

Bom was formerly a supervisor with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He was fired following the death of the 8-year-old on May 24, 2013. Gabriel suffered a fractured skull, had BB-gun pellets shot into his groin and lung, was burned with cigarettes, and had two teeth knocked out, according to court records.

Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, have each been charged with capital murder with a special allegation of torture. Each have pleaded not guilty, and are facing the death penalty if convicted.

On April 7, Bom, former L.A. County social workers Stefanie Rodriguez and Patricia Clement — and Gregory Merritt, another Department of Children and Family Services supervisor — were each charged with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of falsifying public records.

Prosecutors allege the four were negligent and minimized dozens of complaints filed against Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Fernandez. Court records show there were more than 60 complaints lodged with L.A. County DCFS and eight separate investigations started on the family, including one underway when Gabriel died.

Smith would not provide additional details on Bom’s employment in San Bernardino County, which came after his termination of employment in Los Angeles County in 2013.

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