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ADOPTION TWIST: Three Mothers Mourning Infant’s Death

ANKENY, Ia — Three mothers are mourning a baby’s death after he was found alone in a Des Moines apartment.

Police arrested a teen Tuesday night hours after finding his 4-month-old son unresponsive.

The police report states that the baby’s mother left 17-year-old Drew Weehler-Smith with the child so that she could run errands.

But when she came back to the apartment on Chaffee Road he was gone and their son, Gabriel McFarland was unresponsive lying in a chair.

Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he later died.

Weehler-Smith was arrested at his mother’s house and is currently charged with neglect of a dependent person.

Additional charges are possible pending the results of an autopsy.

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WASIKE BEATING: Teen Testifies Against Friend

A friend testified against his friend in the first degree robbery trial of Terrence Cheeks, Wednesday.

Cheeks is one of three Des Moines teenagers accused of the severe beating of Mike Wasike in February 2013.

Wasike suffered permanent brain damage when he was pulled from his car and beaten during a carjacking.

Today in Cheeks’ trial, co-defendant Kenneth Barry took the stand. The Des Moines Register reports Barry told the jury that Cheeks used Barry’s gun to beat Wasike.

In exchange for testifying, Barry accepted a plea deal from prosecutors. He will be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Cheeks faces up to 50 years if convicted.

A third co-defendant, Leshaun Murray has already pled guilty to lesser charges.

FREE DRESSES: Girls Say ‘Yes To The Prom’

Thirty Roosevelt High School girls began preparations for prom without dishing out any of the cash.

A “Say Yes to the Prom” event was held in Johnston Wednesday. It’s a spin-off from the TLC show “Say Yes to the Dress.”

The girls got to choose from 500 dresses donated by TLC, Discovery and Mediacom.

The girls also got their hair and makeup done and got to pick out shoes and accessories.

There was even a seamstress to make sure the dresses fit just right.

“The concept was to build confidence and empowerment for girls and the selection of a dress for prom is a big deal,” explained Adria Alpert-Romm with Discovery. “When maybe you can’t afford that special night, this is an opportunity for women across the country to say ‘we can help you.’”

After the girls were all dressed to the nines they walked down the catwalk for a runway show.

BALDI TRIAL: Treatment ‘Reckless’ And ‘Extreme’

The manslaughter trial of a Des Moines doctor continued Wednesday with testimony saying Doctor Daniel Baldi was ‘reckless.’

The prosecution called Dr. Stephen Wagner to the stand who was hired by the prosecution to review the medical records of the nine patients who died.

The Minnesota pain-relief physician testified Baldi was “reckless” and “extreme” in his treatment of patients who showed clear signs of addiction to pain pills.

However, when cross-examined by the defense, Dr. Wagner admitted that most of the patients either had no drugs prescribed by Baldi in their system when they died or had additional drugs not provided by Baldi.

The trial continues Thursday morning.

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ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING: Child’s Name Released

The name of a four-year-old girl who was killed Monday in an apparent accidental shooting has been released.

Officials say Lillium Mead died from a gunshot wound to the chest. It happened at an apartment complex at 2746 Fleur Drive Monday night just after 7:00 p.m.

Police say Lillium was home with her parents, Adam and Sheila Mead, and two younger siblings when the shooting happened.

The circumstances of the shooting have not been released but police say it appears to be an accident.

Police interviewed the parents Monday night. No charges have been filed yet in the case.

INFANT DIES: Teen Father Charged With Neglect

A teen father is charged with neglect of a dependent person after his four-month-old son died Tuesday.

Des Moines police released the child’s name Wednesday afternoon. They say four-month-old Gabriel McFarland was found unresponsive by his mother at an apartment at 6520 Chaffee Road.

According to a police report 16-year-old Markeya Atkins returned to the apartment after receiving a tip from a friend that the baby’s father, 17-year-old Drew James Weehler-Smith, had been seen driving away from the apartment complex and the baby was likely alone.

Atkins found the child unresponsive in his glider chair, with “white stuff” around the outside of his mouth. She told police it didn’t look like her son was breathing and she called 911. Emergency crews arrived around 8:20 p.m. and took McFarland to the hospital where he later died.

I-235 ACCIDENT: One Person Injured

Des Moines police are investigating an overnight crash.

It happened around 11:30 Tuesday night on I-235. A car was traveling eastbound on I-235 when it hit a barrier at the exit ramp on Easton. Debris was scattered across the road.

Paramedics took one person to the hospital. There’s no word on his or her condition.

Police are looking into what caused the accident.