GABRIEL SCOTT JOHNSON
Composite age progression to 5 y\o\a
HAIR: BLONDE/ LIGHT BROWN
WEIGHT: 20 LBS
GABRIEL WAS ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED BY HIS MOTHER, ELIZABETH JOHNSON. JOHNSON WAS ARRESTED IN MIAMI, FLORIDA ON THE CHARGE OF CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE. SHE IS NOT COOPERATING WITH AUTHORITIES.
JOHNSON CLAIMS SHE GAVE GABRIEL TO A SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS COUPLE.
FOLLOWING THE ALLEGED ABDUCTION, THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT ELIZABETH WENT TO SAN ANTONIO.
MISSING SINCE: DECEMBER 27, 2009
MISSING FROM: TEMPE, ARIZONA
DESCRIPTION OF PEOPLE WHO ALLEGEDLY HAVE GABRIEL:
ELIZABETH CLAIMS SHE GAVE HIM AWAY TO A WHITE COUPLE IN THEIR MID 30’S, IN A SAN ANTONIO PARK.
FEMALE 5’1″ – 5’3″, 110 – 125 POUNDS::
MALE “BIGGER MAN WITH SHORT DARK HAIR”
TEMPE POLICE DEPARTMENT 480-350-8311
SILENT WITNESS 480-948-6377
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (SAN ANTONIO) 210-225-6741
Mother of missing Baby Gabriel in NM after prison
By Tina JensenPublished: July 15, 2014, 10:42 pm Updated: July 16, 2014, 2:04 PM
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The mother of missing baby Gabriel was released from an Arizona prison on Friday and is now living with her grandmother here in New Mexico.
Baby Gabriel made national headlines when he disappeared four and a half years ago.
Mother Elizabeth Johnson was convicted of charges related to his disappearance and spent those years behind bars.
Her new found freedom is re-igniting questions on where baby Gabriel is and whether he’ll ever be found.
The story captured national attention in 2009.
Johnson, who had joint custody, took Gabriel from the Phoenix area and fled to Texas.
That was the last time Gabriel was seen.
When authorities caught up with her in Florida days later, Gabriel wasn’t with her
She told police, in a story she maintains to this day, that she gave Gabriel to a couple in San Antonio, but didn’t name them.
In 2012, she was convicted of custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment of the 8-month-old child.
Prosecutors gave her the chance to tell them where Gabriel is in exchange for probation, but she did not provide them the location.
She has four years of probation ahead of her.
The terms originally had her staying in Arizona, but her parole officer amended it so she could live in New Mexico.
Elizabeth Johnson, Mother Of Missing Baby Gabriel Johnson, Released From Prison
The Huffington Post | By David Lohr
Posted on 07\11\2014 am EDT | Updated 07\11\2014
Gabriel was last seen on Dec. 26, 2009, according to police. Johnson, who was then 27 years old, and the baby’s 25-year-old father, Logan McQueary, shared joint custody of the 8-month-old child.
On Dec. 27, 2009, the day McQueary was supposed to pick up his son for a scheduled visitation, he received an ominous text message, apparently from Johnson, telling him their baby was dead.
“You will never see Gabriel again,” the text read. “I made sure of that. And you can spend the rest of your pathetic life wondering about him. You will never find me. I’m already boarding a plane out of the country. When I’m safe, I’ll email you the exact location of dead Gabriel’s little blue body, if the garbage don’t come first. This is what liars like you deserve.”
Later that same day, police said, Johnson called McQueary to say that she had suffocated Gabriel and dumped his body in a trash can.
“I suffocated him. I suffocated him, and he turned blue, and I put him in his diaper bag and put him in the trash can,” a woman identified by investigators as Johnson said in the audiotape they released.
According to police, Johnson told McQueary that she had killed their child out of revenge because she believed McQueary was involved with other women. “You want to talk to girls — that’s the price you pay,” Johnson told her former boyfriend, according to police.
Johnson also claimed he had destroyed her life, according to the audiotape. McQueary responded, “I haven’t destroyed anything.” Johnson replied, “Yes, you have, Logan. You made me kill my baby boy … So find some new girl to make your new baby.”
The text message and phone recording prompted a massive search of local landfills by police, but they were unable to find the child.
Johnson was arrested by police in Miami on Dec. 30, 2009, and charged with kidnapping and custodial interference.
In the days following her arrest, Johnson changed her story, telling police she had given Gabriel away to strangers in San Antonio, where her car was later found. But she never provided the couple’s names. Witnesses have placed Johnson and the baby in the San Antonio area between Dec. 20 and 27, although she was alone when she turned up in Florida on Dec. 27, 2009.
In October 2012, a jury convicted Johnson of custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial interference. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the kidnapping charge and instead found Johnson guilty of a lesser count of unlawful imprisonment.
Baby Gabriel’s mother sentenced to 5 1/4 years in prison
Posted: Dec 07, 2012 7:13 PM ESTUpdated: Jul 10, 2014 4:38 PM EDT
PHOENIX (CBS5) –
Elizabeth Johnson, the mother of missing baby Gabriel Johnson, was sentenced to 5 1/4 years in the Department of Correction in a hearing punctuated by Johnson’s admission that she deserved the maximum penalty, and the emotional pleas from the family of the baby’s father that she receive the harshest sentence possible.
Judge Joseph Kreamer issued the sentence after a long afternoon of testimony. Kreamer said she would be given credit for the 1,062 days she has already served in jail, meaning she will spend about 2 1/4 years in prison. She was also given four years of probation upon her release.
Judge Kreamer also said Johnson will have to get mental health counseling as part of her sentence and that she not be around or have custody of any minor children.
Kreamer said Johnson’s troubled upbringing and lack of a criminal record were considered in his decision.
Kreamer said that while he knew Johnson was hoping to avoid further jail time, “You are not going to walk out of this courtroom a free woman today.”
Johnson remained for the most part emotionless, finally breaking down during some testimony and offering a sometimes tearful statement to the court, the first time Johnson has been heard from during her trial.
Prosecutors gave Johnson one last chance to tell the court the “actual physical whereabouts” of Gabriel Johnson in exchange for probation, but Johnson was either unable or unwilling to say.
Elizabeth Johnson was convicted Oct. 18 of conspiracy to commit custodial interference, custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance of her son, Gabriel Johnson, who was 8 months old when he was last seen in San Antonio, TX, in December 2009. She claimed she gave the child to a couple in San Antonio.
“I know I was wrong. Regardless of my side or story at the end of the day Gabriel is still missing and it’s my fault,” Elizabeth Johnson said. “I would convict myself. I do deserve the maximum. I do.”
Still, she remained adamant that her side of the story was never truly heard during the trial and that she was not vengeful or vindictive as painted by the prosecution.
Logan McQueary, Gabriel’s father, testified by phone at Johnson’s sentencing.
“Although Elizabeth may be sorry for what she’s done, it still doesn’t change what she did,” McQueary said. “I’m not the same person I used to be.”
He said she should be held accountable and punished and should be given the maximum sentence possible.
Johnson has been jailed without bond since January 2010 and unlike during her trial, appeared in her jail clothing at Friday’s sentencing.
She changed her story since the ordeal began. She initially told the boy’s father, Logan McQueary, that she killed her son and put his body in a dumpster, but later told authorities she gave the child away to a couple in San Antonio.
Prosecutors told jurors that Johnson was angry and determined to “get back” at McQueary. The couple had broken up and McQueary was granted joint custody.
Prosecutors said that Johnson wanted to give the child up for adoption, but when McQueary refused, Johnson took the child to Texas without McQueary’s permission.
“It wasn’t like that,” Elizabeth Johnson said Friday. “It wasn’t about Logan. It was about Gabriel.”
Johnson’s attorney Marc Victor did not present any evidence during the trial or call any witnesses.
He told the jury that prosecutors failed to prove their case that Johnson kidnapped her son.
Victor admitted that his client was guilty of custodial interference, but said that Johnson had every right to leave the state with her son at the time that she did.
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