I disagree that elenas argument is that The couple that adopted baby M should only be the parents because Bebe made a choice to abandon the baby . Elenas argument ( and I agree with it ) is that they should be her parents because they took her in when she was abandoned and raised her for the first year of her life . All that child knows is them as parents , and it would be horrible for the couple who adopted the baby and the baby herself if she was taken away from all that she knows , and the people who have raised her. It was not Bebe’s fault that she couldn’t provide for the baby and was struggling as we saw ... and watching it made me really sad for Bebe ... But she is wrong to try to rip that child away from all that she knows .. and for the people who stepped in when she couldn’t be a parent And for those that are saying that the judge only gave them custody because they have money and can provide better for mirabelle, does that mean that you can’t have money AND be a good parent ? It just sounds ridiculous to make that assumption . From what we saw , the parents did not just simply provide a nice house for mirabelle to live in , they also showed her love .