Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dad charged with murdering 4-month-old son out on bail (Polk County, Iowa)

Remember this case? This is the one where the lesbian adoptive parents lost the baby because the birth mom changed her mind after three months.

Yup, dads sure are "crucial" to children, aren't they....

Dad is identified as DREW WEEHLER-SMITH.


Iowa teen father out on bond to await murder trial

Posted 2:20 pm, June 10, 2014, by Shellie Nelson

An Iowa teen, charged in connection with the death of his baby boy, was released from jail.

Drew Weehler-Smith, 17, was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death after his four-month-old son, Gabriel, died while in his care. An autopsy showed the baby died of abusive head trauma.

Gabriel’s 16-year-old mother had decided not to give him up for adoption the month before the baby died.

Weehler-Smith’s bond was set at $500,000 for the murder charge plus $300,000 for the child endangerment charge. Court records indicated 10% could be posted, and that Weehler-Smith would be released then but monitored by an ankle bracelet.

Court records show $80,000 cash bond was posted June 3, 2014, to secure Weehler-Smith’s release from the Polk County Jail.

He was next scheduled to appear in court June 13 for an arraignment and July 3 for a pre-trial conference. Trial was set for August 4.