‘Baby Gabriel’ Johnson Still Missing Two Years Later

 

Gabriel Scott Johnson

Missing: Gabriel Scott Johnson

Gabriel Scott Johnson was abducted by his mother, Elizabeth Johnson of Tempe, Arizona.  The last known sighting of Gabriel who was 8 months old at the time was on December 26, 2009 in San Antonio, TX.

Johnson who had initially told the boy’s father, Logan McQueary that she had killed him later claimed that she gave him away to a couple she had met in San Antonio.  From there Johnson went to Miami Beach, Florida where she was arrested on December 30, 2009 and charged with kidnapping, custodial interference, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and child abuse.

Johnson has been incarcerated in Maricopa County’s (Arizona) Estrella jail on a $1 million cash bond since January 2010.

Johnson was found incompetent to stand trial earlier this year, however that changed this month after the Judge reviewed a psychiatrist’s diagnosis stating that Johnson had been restored to competency.  There was no argument from Johnson’s attorneys, Daniel Raynak and Marcy Kratter who have since withdrawn from the case.  They were the third legal team to abandon the case.  Johnson was appointed a public defender and her trial is scheduled to start January 6, 2012.

Another woman charged in connection to the case is Tammi Smith of Scotsdale, AZ.  Smith claimed she was in the process of adopting Gabriel before he disappeared.   Detectives say Smith provided false information on paternity documents, listing her cousin as Gabriel’s father.  Authorities also say she attempted to adopt Elizabeth Johnson in order to gain custody of Gabriel Johnson.  She has been charged with custodial interference, conspiracy to commit to custodial interference and forgery.  Smith’s trial is expected to be sometime after Johnson’s trial.

Meanwhile, Baby Gabriel’s fate remains unknown.  No one has come forward claiming to be the couple Johnson says she gave her child to and given the disturbing messages Johnson left Logan McQueary on December 27, 2009 there seems slim hope that Gabriel will some day be found alive.

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