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Horrific! Father Allegedly Beat Baby Son To Death Only Weeks After Teenage Girlfriend Took Infant Back From Lesbian Adoptive Parents!

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This is incredibly sad.

A four-month-old baby boy named Gabriel McFarland was killed by his 17-year-old father Drew James Weehler-Smith after the mother Markeya Atkins left the child in his care.

The horrific incident happened on April 22nd in Des Moines, Iowa, and what's worse is that the teenage mother had initially given the child up for adoption, but changed her mind later on.

Rachel and Heidi McFarland had taken care of the child until March, and only learned of his awful demise from watching the news on television. Iowa law allows a parent to renege after allowing another couple to adopt their child.

Markeya Atkins initially left her son in the father's care at around 7:22pm on April 22nd, but when a friend dropped in and saw the father with the child and asked Markeya on the phone if she trusted him Markeya asked the friend to go back and check on them. However she then saw the father driving off without the baby.

She called the mother to inform her of what she saw, and the mother returned to find the child unresponsive in his chair. The friend then called 9-1-1, and said:

"Someone left my friend's baby that they were baby-sitting by themselves, and the baby's blue. He just left him here."

Atkins' friend tried to give the child CPR until an ambulance arrived and took over, but the hospital later pronounced the baby dead. The child was found to have died from abusive head trauma.

The 17-year-old father now faces a charge of first degree murder and one charge of neglect of a dependent person. If convicted on the former charge - he'll face life in prison. A conviction of the latter could lead to up to 50 years in jail.

Both the birth mom and the temporary adoptive parents have been left devastated by this news, and we honestly feel something awful for both of them.

It's hard enough to even hear about something so tragic, let alone to experience it firsthand.

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15 comments to “Horrific! Father Allegedly Beat Baby Son To Death Only Weeks After Teenage Girlfriend Took Infant Back From Lesbian Adoptive Parents!”

  1. FRY HIM says – reply to this


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    wow. And parents think 17 year old boyfriends arent dangerous but that all 25 year old ones are. Age.. always a false sense of security. Killing babies should be a mandatory death sentence.

  2. leah says – reply to this


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    It is hard to come to your site when you post multiple stories like this in one day. I come here to escape, not to hear about super heavy things.

  3. bk says – reply to this


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    Again, why are you posting these types of stories all the time? It is depressing and sad. I don't want to be bombarded by your sudden obsession with dead babies. It doesn't make sense. You just had a child, talk about miracles- or children who are and happy! Positive baby shit!



  4. 4

    I have absolutely no sympathy for the teenage mom. As far as I'm concerned, she should be charged with child neglect. Why on earth would she leave her baby with the baby daddy that she didn't really trust. A totally selfish move on her part to take that baby away from a couple who could financially support him and give him a far better live than either she or her loser baby daddy ever could have given him.

  5. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    So sad, RIP Gabriel.
    Tolerating has a very good point also.

  6. mary says – reply to this


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    Perez, Why do you feel the need to describe the adoptive parents as lesbians. Why cant they just be adoptive parents. Would you describe a hetero pair as hetero adoptive parents? Is that how you want someone to describe you as a parent. A gay parent or just a parent.

  7. ashley says – reply to this


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    So this piece of shit gets life but the other bitch gets out on bond both should get the chair why waste space in a cell. Rest in peace little babies sorry that you were sent to suck monsters

  8. random says – reply to this


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    Re: bk – this is a news site dont come on here if you dont want to read them



  9. 9

    I know you're a parent now, but no one wants to see this stuff. Stick to the gossip, we can get this stuff from g.o.o.g.l.e news.



  10. 10

    Mario what is this obsession of yours to post horrible stories about people killing babies or children? Just put up a new website for all of these murder stories!

  11. KP says – reply to this


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    SO much more to this story. This girl scammed the adoptive parents into paying for all her bills and when she felt "disrespected" by them after visiting their home one day decided all of a sudden she wanted her child back.

  12. MissyStrong says – reply to this


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    This is so terribly sad. I have chills! How could anyone hurt such a little angel? It's beyond me. Are so many kids between the ages of 17-19 so void of emotion and consequence that could just hurt innocent little babies? Hearing WAY too many stories like this lately.

  13. Brittany says – reply to this


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    Hi Perez! I really enjoy your site and visit often. I feel that giving these people media attention is what is wrong with our society. I understand events like this happen on a daily basis but engaging and publishing these stories I feel just upsets the society we live in and further pushes others who may be mentally ill and/or in the same situation to follow. As an avid follower please think twice before publishing these stories. Sincerely, your fan.

  14. Abbey says – reply to this


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    Re: bk – You'd rather pretend that everything in the world is peachy and that bad things don't happen? This branch of the site is for child related news. And would you look at that? This is news… relating to a child! Imagine that!

  15. Markeya Atkins says – reply to this


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    [re=6675018]Re: KP[/rel For you to feel like I "scammed" them is absolutely WRONG. The only thing they did for me was take me out to eat after my doctor appointments, & that was only about 5 times because my first doctor appointment I was 6 months pregnant. And when did the law become if you buy someone good your intitled to a baby to matter how many times you call the mom a slut and her mom a bitch. Taken my baby back from them was the smartest deduction I've ever made, leaving him with drew was my mastake.