If you’re in need of some new Netflix content, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez hit the streaming service today and it’s already breaking the hearts of viewers. The true-crime series tells the tragic story of a little boy who lost his life due to neglect not only from his parents but also from the system.

When Netflix released the trailer for the docu-series last week it was met with intense and shocked reactions, and now that the show is actually out, people’s reactions are only becoming stronger.


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If you’re unfamiliar with Fernandez’s story, PEOPLE reported that the eight-year-old boy was found in his family’s home back in 2013, naked—his body covered in severe burns, and BB pellets, his skull cracked, and his ribs shattered.

Two days after being discovered in these grotesque conditions, the young boy died. Shortly after, his mother and her boyfriend were put under arrest.

Five years later, Fernadez’s boyfriend was sentenced to death with the conviction of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of intentional murder by torture, according to PEOPLE.

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez has only been streaming on Netflix for a few hours, but people are already taking to Twitter to share their strong reactions to the show.

“Watching the Trials of Gabriel Fernandez and it’s f*cking heartbreaking that poor kid. It’s very hard to watch turns my stomach,” one person tweeted.

“It’s 2:50am and I’m at the end of episode 3 of the #GabrielFernandez trial on Netflix, and it’s just so graphic and heartbreaking.. it’s been years since reading about it but it’s still sad to listen to the details of abuse/neglect, how many adults failed him. RIP little angel,” commented another.

Another popular true-crime series that was released by Netflix this year is Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, which tells the story of a former NFL athlete who turned to murder after suffering intense brain trauma.

All six episodes of The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez are currently available on the streaming service. You can check out the trailer for the heartbreaking series below.

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