Authorities have charged 17-year-old Drew Weehler-Smith with first-degree murder following the death of his son, four-month-old Gabriel McFarland.
The child’s official cause of death is abusive head trauma.
The baby’s mother says she left Gabriel in Weehler-Smith’s care so she could run errands. Police say he left baby Gabriel by himself.
The 911 call made by the mother and her friend have been released.
The frantic call lasts six and a half minutes and is between Siobhan Williams, a friend of baby Gabriel’s mother, and a 911 dispatcher and it chronicles the final moments of Gabriel’s life.
“Somebody left my friend’s baby that they were babysitting by themselves and the baby’s blue”
The operator then walks Williams through CPR while Williams asks Gabriel’s mother, Markeya Atkins, about Gabriel’s condition.
911 Operator: How old is the baby?
Williams: How old? He’s like almost four months.
Operator: Ok you need to lay him on his back.
Operator: Is he breathing?
Williams: Is he breathing Markeya? No.
Operator: Listen I’m going to help you and give him CPR ok?
Williams: Ok lay him down Markeya on the floor, on the floor.
The girls then begin CPR.
Operator: I want you to push down about two inches, only the heel of one hand touching the chest. Pump the chest hard and fast 30-times”
In the background, Atkins can be heard screaming that the baby was left alone, we later find out through police reports, by Gabriel’s father.
Moments later, paramedics arrive.
Operator: Did the paramedics take over?
911 Operator: Did the paramedics take over?
Williams: Um, yes. The fire department’s here.
Operator: Do they have the baby?
Williams: Yes they have the baby.
Operator: OK you did great. You did wonderful.
Williams: Thank you
In addition to the murder charges, Weehler-Smith is charged with child endangerment resulting in death. That charge carries a maximum of 50-years in prison. If Weehler-Smith is convicted of murder, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.