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Mom gets life in prison and her boyfriend gets death in torture, murder of boy

LOS ANGELES - Jennifer Garcia can't keep her mind from drifting to little Gabriel.

Late at night and in the silence of her early-morning drives, the first-grade teacher thinks of her former student. She assigns each child in her classroom a number - he was No. 28. She tries to focus on his kindness - on the times he offered to help her staple homework packets and tutor his classmates. She tells her new students about him, explaining when she assigns numbers to new students why she now skips 28.

But a lot of the time, guilt consumes her. She had called

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