Today, Ezequiel and Virginia have not come forward publicly and have asked for their privacy to be respected.
In the Netflix documentary, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, it is confirmed they have now found “safe harbour” and are living with a family member.
Psychotherapist Wendy Smith in the documentary said: “You have to have that a stable home], to be able to resolve any of the rest of it.
“I hope that they will be able to recover… I think they can, but it will be a long process. I mean these are terrifying experiences, terrifying.”
She added: “One of the most important aspects in recovering from trauma, that’s abuse trauma, is moving it outside of yourself.
“That is, it’s not something about you. It’s not something you did, it’s something that happened to you.
“And I think that shift is the most important juncture toward healing.”
As reported by Newsweek, in 2014 Gabriel’s siblings were part of a lawsuit with grandparents Robert and Sandra Fernandez against Los Angeles County and several county services, including the Department of Children and Family Services and the sheriff’s office.
The Fernandez family, along with additional parties, are estimated to have received $2.6 million in a settlement.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is streaming on Netflix now