Watch the entire interview with Gabriel McFarland’s birth mother, 16-year-old Markeya Atkins.
The four-month-old infant died Tuesday night after he was found unresponsive at home. His father, 17-year-old Drew Weehler-Smith, was supposed to be caring for him but had left the apartment complex. He has been charged with neglect in the case.
For the first few months of Gabriel’s life he was the son of Heidi and Rachel McFarland, who were in the process of adopting him from Markeya. After she changed her mind about the adoption, she reclaimed the baby.
Results of an autopsy on McFarland have not been released.