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A boy’s brutal murder and the public trials of his guardians and social workers prompt questions about the system’s protection of vulnerable children.

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Status Ended

First Air Date 2020-02-26

Last Air Date 2020-02-26

Seasons 1

Episodes 6


TMDB 7.4


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RicoLoveDinero shared a tip "Sad so sad😢"

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d_m shared a tip "Incredible story of what is wrong with DPSS and the need for local reporting"

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bubbapetty shared a tip "Drama Sad Emotional Anger Just an all around SAD FILM, that the whole world needs to see!!"

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laurie_galvin-klinsky shared a tip "So sad and uncomfortable to watch, but to see justice for Gabriel is worth it all!! There really are monsters among us. 😪"

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elizabeth_lewis_4292 shared a tip "Not for the faint of heart. I cried for most of it but it was definitely able to open my eyes about how cps fails kids."

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lucyboop shared a tip "So unbelievably sad, but important to watch."

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megan_the_meme shared a tip "If you watch, I do warn it is very very disturbing"

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claudio_golia shared a tip "Maddening, sad, and graphic at times."

jamiela shared a tip "This sheds light on a social problem that as humans we need to focus on. Save children from abusive parents, at any cost."

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alexandra_lazarow shared a tip "Heartbreaking"

monica_coffey shared a tip "Chilling, riveting, tragic and unforgettable."

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epkimberly shared a tip "Every episode just makes me angrier and angrier."

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kahface1312 shared a tip "Heartbreaking reality check."

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SaLma-uWu shared a tip "BRO THIS IS REALLY SAD. so if u wanna like cry watch this. Trust me 🧃✨"

megan_dickey_3740 shared a tip "This was really good. Very heavy and I continue to think about Gabriel and children in his situation often as a new mother."

brooke_pawling shared a tip "Also will never watch this one again"

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gaialla_pinkerton shared a tip "It was absolutely unsettling and disgusting what these people did to this poor boy. His story was finally told."

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ana_laura_9225 shared a tip "very interesting"

angela_w_3925 shared a tip "This poor baby!"

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sebastian_figueroa shared a tip "Try not to cry"

taylor_weakley shared a tip "Such a good story. It goes deep into the case and is sye opening to mis happenings in CPS system."

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cassandra_valle shared a tip "This was VERY rough to watch but a well-done documentary not only about Gabriel but how DCFS is absolutely failing in CA."

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adriana17 shared a tip "Brings to light some serious things wrong in our world today. Watch with caution."

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bgsmithdc shared a tip "Heartbreaking story"

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ChasingMoe shared a tip "This is very tough to watch"

melissa_latendresse shared a tip "First two episodes are quite graphic, but this is an amazing doc."

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crystal_hooten shared a tip "This movie is like a punch in the gut. Its so sad and disturbing"

alexis_martin_2836 shared a tip "Utterly heartbreaking. This story will stick with you for days."

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stacy_silver shared a tip "A truly heartbreaking story that hopefully prompts change"

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antonio_saavedra shared a tip "One of the best exploration of modern western corruption."

kathy_7866 shared a tip "I have a YouTube Channel, with Vlogs, in which I speak about the California prison system."

pricila_burns shared a tip "Just wanted to cry"

tequila shared a tip "Hard to watch at times so sad but it opens your eyes. Maybe some signs we all can be more watchful for."

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patricia_fr shared a tip "Heartbreaking."

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sarah_diehl_7737 shared a tip "It was so sad and disgusting what they did to that poor boy! Very detailed so be warned"

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thao_erwin shared a tip "This is a very hard one to watch, especially as a parent. You have to see/hear some pretty awful details of child abuse."

melissa_craddock shared a tip "This is a heartbreaking story, a must watch, see firsthand how the system failed to protect Gabriel."

sara_gagnoer shared a tip "Top 3 most heart breaking docus that I’ve watched. Made me cry from start to finish."

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allie_z shared a tip "Must watch!"

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jennifer_fleck shared a tip "This is so hard to watch and just as important."

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hiawatha_battle shared a tip "The most heart wrenching documentary I’ve ever seen and a must see."

DogDad shared a tip "Don’t watch it around people who cant handle horror movies"

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amika_brown shared a tip "Opened my eyes! If you have a weak heart..don't watch."

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afreen_mirza shared a tip "Heartbreaking! The system failed him on so many occassions....."

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judith_abbott shared a tip "You won’t ever forget this."

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shirellewj shared a tip "Tough watch."

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brooke_barney_8362 shared a tip "So sad but really shows how the system failed this boy. RIP"

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sabrina_isom shared a tip "Its was sad !"

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yolissa_nalona shared a tip "Heart wrentching"

charissa_brannon shared a tip "I was hesitant to say I like it because it’s such a tragic, sad story, but it was well done."

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dea_sgroi shared a tip "It’s so sad."

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anzo shared a tip "Graphic crime photos and descriptions of child abuse."

frank_gadsden shared a tip "Hard to watch but excellent."

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tara_langhus shared a tip "It is hard to watch, will hopefully stir change!"

naomi_vu shared a tip "For true crime fans, but not for the faint of heart"

Jaime Ferguson's profile image

jaime_ferguson shared a tip "Well done, but it is incredibly sad! I raged and cried at the screen frequently over the injustice of it all."

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savannah_blume shared a tip "A hard watch, but worth it"

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holly_waters shared a tip "It’s not an easy watch for anyone with a heart, but we owe it to Gabriel to remember him and his story."

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carolyn_tsourakis shared a tip "Hearbreaking but gripping."

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kellen_jones shared a tip "I know! How could those evil people engage in such inhumane acts. What are you currently watching on Netflix?"

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omonivie_enahoro shared a tip "Good show but avoid if you get triggered by child abuse"

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jennifer_davidson_bull shared a tip "Awful wasn't it...."

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chantalle_draycott shared a tip "You need watch this to understand absolutely anything about the failures of child welfare."

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PmB_157 shared a tip "Such a sad story. People need to know the story of this poor kid. The story is super sad, but interesting."

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xharia_anderson shared a tip "It is just such a sad sad case, and poor Gabriel deserved better."

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ajenise.jpg shared a tip "**** his mom"

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tre_sha_tap_tap shared a tip "I cried watching this. I wont be a spoiler, just watch for yourself 🙏🙏"

yvonne_7511 shared a tip "So sad"

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lindsay_graves_7371 shared a tip "Highly recommend for true crime enthusiasts."

latithea_gay shared a tip "Very interesting"

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kenzie_ink shared a tip "I cried."

juliena_rossel shared a tip "really interesting but it’s definitely a tearjerker"

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ruby_erskine shared a tip "very sad, kind of triggering, but insanely eye opening and beautiful. rly rly good true crime series fs"

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jennifer_houston_6921 shared a tip "Heart-wrenching. Prepare to be angry."

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caity_9674 shared a tip "Absolutely heartbreaking but an amazing watch that keeps you hooked"

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zoe_maher shared a tip "So painfully tragic. Gabriel was failed horribly by both his parents and the state. I hope it prompts reform."

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