Arnold Contreras was born on August 6, 1981, and from Pacoima, California. He is the father of Gabriel Fernandez who was brutally murdered by his mother and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre.
In the New Netflix show, the details of Gabriel’s torture and death are hard to bear and viewers may struggle with certain parts of the mini-series. The boy during the eight months that Gabriel was in his mother’s care and during that time he was constantly abused and even Cigarettes were put out on him, he was shot in the face with a BB gun, and he was made to eat cat litter and feces.
The Netflix docu-series reveal that Pearl Fernandez didn’t want to raise Gabriel and left him in the hospital when he was born and during that time she was just 23 years and already had two older children, Ezequiel and Virginia.
However, the show has led to many viewers asking where was Gabriel’s biological father? In the News Netflix’s six-part documentary series “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” reveals that he was serving prison time. When Gabriel Fernandez died Arnold Contreras was in prison for years.
The father shared how he experienced feelings of guilt and helplessness. He said, “I should have been there,” and that he was struggling to express his feelings when he heard the news from the prison chaplain.
How old is Arnold Contreras? He was born on August 6, 1981, and from Pacoima, Kern County in California. He is the son of Placida and Rodrigo Contreras. Arnold also has a brother, Christopher Contreras.
He was married to Pearl Fernandez and they shared three children, Virginia, Ezequiel, and Gabriel. However, Pearl Fernandez didn’t want to raise Gabriel and left him in the hospital when he was born and during that time she was just 23 years and already had two older children, Ezequiel and Virginia.
Later, Gabriel Fernandez was raised by Pearl’s mother and father. Moreover, not only Gabriel they even raised all three of Pearl’s kids, but in 2009 Ezequiel and Virginia went to live with Pearl and Gabriel stayed with them, until 2012.
A report by Deborah S. Miora [clinical psychologist] revealed that Pearl’s life was excessively turbulent as a child and her father went in and out of jail and her mother used to beat her. At the age of 11 Pearl ran away from home.
Later, she began drinking and also started to use methamphetamine. Then, she gave birth to her three children and the father was Arnold Contreras. However, Pearl and Arnold Contreras’s relationship was not so good and according to her Ex-Boyfriend, she once threatened to stab Contreras and faced a domestic violence charge in connection with the threat.
In 2018, she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and to murder involving torture. Later, her Boyfriend Isauro Aguirre received the Death penalty and is on death row at San Quentin.
Unlike Pearl, Isauro Aguirre decided to take his case to trial and was found guilty, receiving the death sentence. Isauro’s lawyer argued that Pearl changed him and even his sister Elizabeth testified in his case and said that Isauro Aguirre had been a caring and helpful older brother in a hard-working family.
During the sentencing hearing, Fernandez read an apology letter “I want to say I’m sorry for what happened,” she said. “I wish Gabriel was alive. Every day I wish that I’d made better choices. I’m sorry to my children, and I want them to know that I love them.”
Curently, she is serving out her sentence at Chowchilla State Women’s Prison in Central California.
Curently, he is working in a tattoo shop in his hometown since 2017. Arnold Contreras has pictures of Gabriel and his other children on his Facebook, showing them hanging out and enjoying each others’ company. In every picture, Gabriel is shown widely smiling and appearing happy.
According to his Facebook page, it shows that he is busy working in a tattoo and piercing shop. Addiotanly, he also has a Pinterest page which highlights his interest in tattoo work.