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8-Year-Old’s Big Brother Details the Horrific Abuse He Suffered from Mom’s Boyfriend Before His Death

In court on Wednesday, a California teen described the relentless assaults inflicted on his 8-year-old brother for months until, at last, the little boy was dead.

Los Angeles County prosecutors argue Gabriel Fernandez was the victim of an eight-month-long campaign of terror by his mother and her boyfriend, who were “conspiring together to deceive everyone in order to torture [him] to death,” after he moved to live with them in 2012, NBC Los Angeles reports.

On Wednesday, according to local TV stations CBS Los Angeles and KABC, Gabriel’s 16-year-old brother, Ezequiel, testified in horrific detail about the abuse the boy suffered at the hands of Isauro Aguirre.

Aguirre, 37, is on trial in L.A. Superior Court for murder in Gabriel’s May 2013 death.

Gabriel’s 34-year-old mother, Pearl Fernandez, is also charged with murder in the boy’s death. Her trial

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Brother Details Deadly Abuse – People

In court on Wednesday, a California teen described the relentless assaults inflicted on his 8-year-old brother for months until, at last, the little boy was dead.

Los Angeles County prosecutors argue Gabriel Fernandez was the victim of an eight-month-long campaign of terror by his mother and her boyfriend, who were “conspiring together to deceive everyone in order to torture [him] to death,” after he moved to live with them in 2012, NBC Los Angeles reports.

On Wednesday, according to local TV stations CBS Los Angeles and KABC, Gabriel’s 16-year-old brother, Ezequiel, testified in horrific detail about the abuse the boy suffered at the hands of Isauro Aguirre.

Aguirre, 37, is on trial in L.A. Superior Court for murder in Gabriel’s May 2013 death.

Gabriel’s 34-year-old mother, Pearl Fernandez, is also charged with murder in the boy’s death. Her trial

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California Dad Pleads Guilty to Drugging, Sexually Assaulting and Killing 14-Year-Old Daughter

A California father who drugged, sexually assaulted and killed the 14-year-old daughter whose remains were found in 2009 buried in the backyard of the family’s former home faces life in prison without parole after confessing to those and other crimes against female minors, PEOPLE confirms.

The guilty plea announced Tuesday by Mark Edward Mesiti, 49, of Modesto, abruptly cut short his murder trial at which prosecutors were pursuing the death penalty against him, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced in a statement.

Mesiti’s daughter, Alycia, was reported missing in August 2007. Her remains were located on March 25, 2009, buried behind Mesiti’s former rental home in Ceres, California, from which he was evicted a few months after she disappeared, reports The Modesto Bee.

An autopsy found she died of acute drug intoxication with the presence in her body of opiates, morphine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and other drugs.

Mesiti had been awarded custody of

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Aaron Hernandez Suffered ‘a Chaotic and Horrendous Existence,’ His Estate Says in New Lawsuit

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez have refiled a lawsuit against the NFL and its former helmet manufacturer, claiming that the 27-year-old former football player “had a horrendous existence” as a result of a result of severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to head trauma.

In the complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Hernandez’s estate maintains that the former New England Patriot sustained multiple blows to the head while wearing Riddell helmets. As a result, the estate says, he suffered from Stage 3 CTE — a rarity in football players his age.

“Aaron experienced a chaotic and horrendous existence in many respects, due to his undiagnosed brain injury,” the estate alleges in its complaint. In another part of the lawsuit, the estate says that CTE causes “aggression, explosive behavior, loss of concentration, mood swings, depression, apathy, and cognitive

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Aaron Hernandez Suffered ‘a Chaotic and Horrendous Existence …

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez have refiled a lawsuit against the NFL and its former helmet manufacturer, claiming that the 27-year-old former football player “had a horrendous existence” as a result of a result of severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that has been linked to head trauma.

In the complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Hernandez’s estate maintains that the former New England Patriot sustained multiple blows to the head while wearing Riddell helmets. As a result, the estate says, he suffered from Stage 3 CTE — a rarity in football players his age.

“Aaron experienced a chaotic and horrendous existence in many respects, due to his undiagnosed brain injury,” the estate alleges in its complaint. In another part of the lawsuit, the estate says that CTE causes “aggression, explosive behavior, loss of concentration, mood swings, depression, apathy, and cognitive

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Teacher, 32, Arrested on Sex Charges After Student Allegedly Brags About Sleeping with Her

Police in Beaumont, California, reportedly continue to investigate a high school teacher who was arrested last month after allegedly having sex with an underage student.

Samantha Lee Ciotta, 32, was taken into custody on Sept. 20, PEOPLE confirms.

The Beaumont High School teacher was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a person under the age of 18 in connection with an alleged relationship with a student, Beaumont police said at the time.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ciotta was also the head cheerleading coach at Beaumont High.

Police said in September that they “believe that there may be other victims,” and they urged anyone with information to come forward. (They declined to comment further to PEOPLE.)

Other details about the investigation were not released. But according to

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People Magazine Investigates: Season Two Coming to ID in November

(Silver Spring, Md., October 16, 2017) – America’s most-watched true crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID), and Time Inc. Productions, the award-winning television group of multi-platform consumer media company Time Inc., announced today the return of their break-out hit series, PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES. Drawing from the original reporting of PEOPLE’s award-winning true crime editorial team, the second season of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES features 12 all-new, compelling stories of ordinary people thrust into the spotlight following notorious crimes. Through the lens of PEOPLE’s trusted journalists, each hour-long episode takes viewers to the heart of the crime and is interlaced with archival footage, dramatic recreations and emotional interviews with those closest to the cases. Season two of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES debuts Monday, November 6 at 10/9c, only on ID.

“We at ID are delighted to partner once again with some of the best people in true crime journalism today,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of

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Man Claims Innocence After He Allegedly Abducted Former Stepdaughter at Age 12 and Fathered Her 9 Kids

A man who allegedly abducted his former stepdaughter when she was 12 years old and then held her and their children in captivity for nearly 20 years says the abuse accusations against him are untrue.

“Most of it are lies,” Henri Piette, 62, told local TV station FOX23 last week after he returned to Wagoner County, Oklahoma, to faces charges of child and sexual abuse.

He has been charged with two counts of lewd molestation and one count each of first-degree rape and child abuse by injury, a Wagoner County court official tells PEOPLE.

“Ninety-nine percent [of the accusations] are lies,” he said. “I’m telling the truth.”

“They’ve been manipulated and they’re lying,” Piette told a TV reporter about his children.

About the allegations that he was sexually abusive, he said, “I never raped any children. I

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Body of Missing 6-Year-Old With Autism Is Found in Dumpster as Relative Taken Into Custody

The slain body of a missing 6-year-old Washington boy was found in a dumpster early Tuesday morning, and the victim’s 19-year-old male relative is in police custody, PEOPLE confirms.

Dayvid Pakko, who had mild autism, stayed home sick from school on Monday. His mother went to work and he was left under the supervision of an unidentified adult.

Pakko was reportedly last seen in his home at 2:30 p.m. and was reported missing to police at 5 p.m. Monday evening, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton tells PEOPLE.

About 50 search and rescue personnel and more than 200 local volunteers searched for Pakko throughout the night, Ireton tells PEOPLE, describing the support from the community as “pretty amazing.” The victim’s body was discovered just before 2 a.m. in a dumpster just across the parking lot from Pakko’s apartment complex.

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Ga. Mom Allegedly Killed 2 Kids by Putting Them in Oven Before Video-Calling Their Dad to Show Scene

A Georgia mom who allegedly murdered her young sons — and then showed the children’s father the scene on a video call — killed the boys “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by multiple outlets.

Police have charged Lamora Williams with two counts of murder in the deaths of her 1- and 2-year-old sons after Atlanta police officials discovered the children with burn marks, officials have said.

Williams, 24, is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail after waiving her first appearance in front of a judge on Monday, according to online jail records. She is reportedly being held without bond and no court date has been set, multiple reports say. PEOPLE’s attempts to reach a spokesperson for the Fulton County Superior Court were unsuccessful.

On Friday evening, after Atlanta police responded

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