Crime & Justice

Couple charged with murder in Palmdale boy's death

The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was apparently tortured and then killed has been charged with murder. Her boyfriend was also charged. (NBC LA)
The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was apparently tortured and then killed has been charged with murder. Her boyfriend was also charged. (NBC LA)

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against 29-year-old Pearl Sinthia Fernandez and 32-year-old Isauro Aguirre of Lancaster. In addition to one count of murder each, the charges include a special-circumstance allegation of torture.

County firefighters responding to a call in Palmdale last Wednesday discovered the boy was not breathing. He died at a hospital Friday. Investigators say the boy had a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns.

Prosecutors will ask that the couple be held without bail at a court appearance Tuesday.

Prosecutors may seek the death penalty. An attorney representing Fernandez or Aguirre could not be immediately identified.