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The Baby Gabriel Case

Baby Disappears During Custody Dispute


Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

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Locked into a custody battle with the baby's father, Elizabeth Johnson sent a text message to Logan McQueary saying that she killed their son, Baby Gabriel Johnson, who was last seen Dec. 23, 2009. After she was arrested for kidnapping and custodial interference, however, Johnson told police that she gave her baby to a couple that she met in San Antonio.

Current Developments

Elizabeth Johnson Sentenced to 5.25 Years
Dec. 7, 2012
The woman who told investigators that she killed Baby Gabriel before changing her story has been sentenced to a total of 5.35 years in prison. Elizabeth Johnson was sentenced to 3.5 years for custodial interference followed by a consecutive sentence of 1.75 years on the charge of unlawful imprisonment.

Previous Developments

Baby Gabriel's Mom Guilty of Lesser Charge
Oct. 18, 2012
The Arizona woman whose 8-month-old Baby Gabriel disappeared in 2009 has been found guilty of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference. The jury found Elizabeth Johnson guilty of the lesser charge after they were not able to agree on the more serious charge of kidnapping.

Prosecution Rests in Baby Gabriel Trial
Oct. 3, 2012
Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of an Arizona woman accused of kidnapping her 8-month-old son Gabriel in 2009, saving the most damaging evidence for last. The jury heard a recording of a telephone call in which Elizabeth Johnson told the baby's father that she had killed the child and put his body in a trash can.

Baby Gabriel's Father Testifies
Sept. 25, 2012
Baby Gabriel's father and grandfather testified in court for the prosecution in the kidnapping and custodial interference trial of the missing child's mother. Elizabeth Johnson broke down in tears during testimony Tuesday, just as she did during opening statements last week.

Baby Gabriel Trial Set to Begin
Sept. 5, 2012
Jury selection has begun in the trial of the mother of an infant who was 8 months old when he was last seen almost three years ago. But the Baby Gabriel case is not a murder case. Elizabeth Johnson is facing charges of kidnapping, custodial interference and child abuse only.

Tammi Smith Eligible for Probation in Baby Gabriel Case
June 5, 2012
The woman who was the would-be adoptive mother in the Baby Gabriel case has narrowly avoided a mandatory prison sentence for conviction of two crimes related to the case. Tammi Smith is eligible to serve her sentence on probation as a result of a judge's ruling at a hearing Monday. Tammi Smith Guilty in Baby Gabriel Case
May 17, 2012
An Arizona woman has been convicted of forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference in connection with the Baby Gabriel case. Tammi Smith, who wanted to adopt the child, can face up to 3.75 years each for her felony convictions.

Baby Gabriel's Mom Ruled Incompetent
Sept. 30, 2011
An Anrizona judge has ruled that the mother of Baby Gabriel is not competent to stand trial on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit custodial interference with child abuse. Elizabeth Johnson may one day be competent enough to stand trial, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie ruled, but her attorney doesn't think so.

Trial Date Set in Baby Gabriel Case
May 3, 2011
In spite of a motion to dismiss the case on the table, an Arizona judge has set a tentative trial date in the case of missing Baby Gabriel. The baby's mother, Elizabeth Johnson, is facing charges of kidnapping, child abuse and conspiracy.

Judge Orders Detective's Testimony in Baby Gabriel Case
March 18, 2011
Jurisdictional battles between seem to be hampering the investigation into the case of a missing infant whose mother is refusing to show up for court appearances from her jail cell. Elizabeth Johnson has been in Arizona jail for 15 months and no trace of her Baby Gabriel has been found.

Court Rules Baby Gabriel's Mom Competent
Sept. 23, 2010
A woman accused of kidnapping and custodial interference in the "Baby Gabriel" case has been ruled competent to stand trial by an Arizona court commissioner. Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Steve Holding upheld an earlier ruling by two court-appointed doctors who examined Elizabeth Johnson, mother of baby Gabriel Johnson.

Police to Search Landfill for Baby Gabriel
Feb. 6, 2010
San Antonio police have declared the case of a missing 8-month-old Arizona boy known as Baby Gabriel to be a kidnapping and homicide investigation. The move will allow authorities to search through a landfill for a dead body, police said.

Woman Arrested in Baby Gabriel Case
Feb. 2, 2010
An Arizona woman once named a person of interest in the case of a missing 8-month-old boy has been arrested on charges of custodial interference and forgery. Tammi Smith was placed in the Maricopa County Jail in connection with the Baby Gabriel investigation.

Reward Offered in Baby Gabriel Case
Jan. 14, 2010
A 23-year-old Arizona woman who first claimed she killed her 8-month-old son and put his body in a dumpster now says she gave him to strangers in a Texas park and police believe the baby is still alive. A reward has been offered for information leading to the whereabouts of little Gabriel Johnson.

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