- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is going to court in an effort to stop a social worker who supervised the case of a Palmdale boy who was beaten to death from returning to work.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1IbD1aB ) that Gregory Merritt successfully appealed his 2013 firing to the L.A. County’s civil service commission. County Child Welfare Chief Philip Browning said Tuesday he is taking the matter to court.

Gabriel Fernandez died in May 2013 days after he was hospitalized with injuries including a cracked skull, broken ribs and burns.

His mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, have been charged with murder.

Court documents say relatives, teachers and others made more than 60 child abuse reports to authorities who either ignored them or botched the investigations.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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