The Trial of Gabriel Fernandez
It’s never easy hearing about the death of a child, let alone one who was tragically abused for many years. But that’s nothing compared to the horrifying story told in the Netflix docuseries, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, which showcases significant flaws in the structure and system set up by governing authorities to protect young ones that, backed by robust evidence, are obviously in need.
In 2013, a young boy, only eight years old, named Gabriel Fernandez, died after prolonged abuse from his mother and her boyfriend. The six entries in The Trials of Gabrial Fernandez showcase an intriguing look at the trial for the boy’s death and the investigation into the systems of government that colossally failed to do their duty in protecting young Gabriel from the heinous treatment that ultimately lead to his unfortunate demise.
Award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger worked on the show for two years, in which he stated a therapist was utilized for him and other individuals working on the project due to the disturbing revelations witnessed during production. There is no denying that the docuseries is an essential title to endure as well as a much-needed wake-up call for the system in place.
There are many interesting documentary series on the streaming service, but some are necessary to help inspire change. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez definitely fits that bill and should not be missed.