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2017 Top Stories of Antelope Valley

A Palmdale elementary school teacher testified this week  that she called a...

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Jury selection begins in trial over local boy’s death

The jury selection process got underway this week for the trial of a Palmdale man who is charged, along with his girlfriend, with capital murder in the beating death of the woman's 8-year-old son.

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Social workers deny contributing to abuse, death of Palmdale boy

Two former social workers and their supervisors, who are accused of failing to protect an 8-year-old Palmdale boy from deadly abuse by his mother and her then-boyfriend, pleaded not guilty this week to child abuse and falsifying records.

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Social workers ordered to trial involving death of Palmdale boy

Two former social workers and their supervisors were ordered this week to stand trial on falsifying records and child abuse charges involving the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy whose mother and then-boyfriend are charged with his murder. The social workers and two of their supervisors—Stefanie Rodriguez, 31, Patricia Clement, 66, Kevin Bom, 37, and Gregory Merritt, 61—were fired from their jobs following an internal investigation into the May 24, 2013, death of Gabriel Fernandez.

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Social worker in Gabriel Fernandez murder attempts to return to work

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is going to court in an effort to block the return of a social worker who supervised the case of a Palmdale boy who was beaten to death, it was reported Thursday.