Five weeks later, Gabriel was shaken to death by his father, 17-year-old Drew James Weehler-Smith. According to People, Rachel and Heidi found out about Gabriel's death while watching the local news. Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to 50 years in jail, the Des Moines Register reported.
Rachel and Heidi filed suit against their attorney in 2014, and a verdict was reached Aug. 1
"The release-of-custody never got signed by either birth parent," Rachel told People. "Obviously, our child and us weren't a priority to (Rieper). We are just happy he was found negligent. That was what our goal was. We will not see any money from this."
But Rieper’s attorney wants to challenge it, according to People.
“I don’t believe he did anything inappropriate at all,” David L. Brown, Rieper’s attorney said. “And I think if he forced the issue and forced her to sign away her rights, I think someone could make a case that it was inappropriate.”