GABRIEL JOHNSON – ENDANGERED MISSING December 27, 2009 – USMCC000401LTWH – UPDATED 09.08.2013 – MOTHER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED

GABRIEL JOHNSON

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Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson Age Progressed to 2 Years Old

Gabriel Johnson Age Progressed to 2 Years Old

Date of Birth: May 3, 2009

White Male

Height: 2’0”     Weight: 20 lbs

Hair: Lt. Brown     Eyes: Blue

Missing: December 27, 2009     From: Tempe, AZ

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Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel was abducted by his mother, Elizabeth Joanne Johnson from Temp, Arizona on December 18, 2009.  She took him to San Antonio, Texas, driving her grandfather’s white 1995 Oldsmobile, Delta 88.  They arrived on December 22 and stayed in two motels in the area.  Gabriel was last seen with his mother on December 27.  She left San Antonia by Greyhound bus that same day, without the baby, leaving her grandfather’s car behind in San Antonio.  She was supposed to appear for a custody hearing in family court in Arizona on December 28, but she never showed up and a warrant for custodial interference was issued.  Elizabeth was arrested at a youth hostel in Miami Beach, Florida on December 30.  Gabriel was not with her at the time.  After December 27, Gabriel was never seen again.  Elizabeth was later indicted for custodial interference, kidnapping and child abuse.

Gabriel Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson and Scott McQueary

Gabriel Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson and Scott McQueary

On December 27, Gabriel’s father, Logan Scott McQueary, got a series of disturbing text messages from Elizabeth.  She stated that he would never see Gabriel again and that she had killed him and thrown him in a trash bin.  She also called him and repeated that she had killed the baby.  She later said those claims were false and she only made them to upset McQueary.  Elizabeth stated she had given Gabriel to a man and a childless woman whom she met in a San Antonio park.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

She considered it to be a closed adoption.  She said she spent three days with the couple, but she deliberately tried not to remember their last names or what their car looked like so she would not be able to take Gabriel back if she changed her mind.  Elizabeth stated the woman’s first name was Cheryl, but she didn’t remember the man’s name.

Tammi and Jack Smith

Tammi and Jack Smith

At the time of his disappearance, Gabriel was being considered for adoption by Tammi Peters Smith and Jack Smith, a couple who lived near the child’s home.  They spent a few weeks with him in December and had bonded with him.  McQueary, who is Elizabeth’s ex-boyfriend, was refusing to give up his parental rights.  He stated he felt the Smiths were trying to coerce him into agreeing to the adoption.  Tammi and Jack are considered persons of interest in Gabriel’s disappearance, as they were the last people to see him before he left Arizona.  Authorities stated they thought the Smiths might be withholding information as to Gabriel’s whereabouts.  The Smiths supported Elizabeth and said they believed Gabriel was safe and might be returned home if McQueary agreed to relinquish custody to them.

Gabriel Johnson and Scott McQueary

Gabriel Johnson and Scott McQueary

In February 2010, Tammi was arrested and charged with forgery, custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial interference in Gabriel’s case.  According to court documents, Tammi had played a “deceptive role” in the investigation, making numerous false statements to the media and police, as well as withholding information from investigators.  She maintains her innocence.  Tammi did admit that she wrote the name of one of her cousins on a paternity document stating he, not McQueary, was Gabriel’s biological father.

In March 2010, McQueary was granted full custody of Gabriel and Elizabeth was denied visitation or any access to the child.

Gabriel Johnson and Scott McQueary

Gabriel Johnson and Scott McQueary

Ken Gamble, a private investigator hired by McQueary, believes Gabriel is alive and was given away or sold by Elizabeth to a couple in San Antonio.  Gamble stated that he had evidence that a third party arranged for Elizabeth to meet this couple and give them Gabriel to adopt.  He described the man and woman as being in their thirties or forties.  The man was tall with short, dark hair; the woman was about 5’6” tall and had long blonde hair.  Gamble said he thought the couple was aware their adoption of Gabriel wasn’t legal, and Gabriel is probably no longer in the San Antonio area.  He may be disguised as a girl.

An adoption expert stated the Homegate Hotel, one of the San Antonio hotels where Elizabeth stayed, is known in adoption circles.  Adoption agencies put birth mothers in the hotel to meet adoptive parents and complete the paperwork.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

In illegal or “underground” adoptions, the birth mother will usually bring the child to meet the adoptive parents in a public place.  The last known photos of Gabriel were taken with Elizabeth’s cellular phone in the Homegate Hotel.  In several of them, he is seen holding a medication bottle, possibly Infant Tylenol, and appears lethargic, with his eyes half closed.  A babysitter hired by Elizabeth during this time, who didn’t know Gabriel had been kidnapped, stated Elizabeth told her she had given Gabriel some medicine and to give him more if he became fussy.

Gabriel and Elizabeth Johnson

Gabriel and Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth reportedly confessed to Gabriel’s murder a third time during a jailhouse interview with a police detective in May 2010.  Her attorney’s stated she was taking medication at the time of the interview and moved to have it excluded as evidence because they had not been present.  McQueary stated Elizabeth was unstable and had once ransacked his apartment and cut up his clothing.  Elizabeth’s grandfather believes she may suffer from bipolar disorder.  In jail, Elizabeth was disruptive, refused to eat and assaulted other inmates.  She was eventually removed to the jail’s psychiatric unit.  At court appearances, when she was asked about Gabriel, she repeatedly pleaded her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  In June 2010, she was ruled incompetent to stand trial.  She spent three months in court ordered treatment and was found competent in September.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Authorities are investigating Gabriel’s disappearance as a kidnapping/homicide.  They stated they believe Elizabeth probably killed her son and they are considering filing murder charges against her.  However her charges were never upgraded to murder.

In April of 2012, the trial of Tammi Peters Smith began for her role in Gabriel Johnson’s disappearance.  Smith was trying to adopt Gabriel at the time of his disappearance.

Tammi Smith

Tammi Smith

Smith has pleaded not guilty to forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference.  She stands accused of lying on a court document about the possible paternity of Gabriel in an effort to keep the little boy away from his father, Logan McQueary.

In opening statements, prosecutors painted Smith as an “obsessed” woman who would stop at nothing to win custody of Gabriel.  They claim that while Smith was waiting to hear if she was going to be able to adopt Gabriel, she also approached another couple in line at a Jack in the Box and offered to adopt their baby.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson

Johnson and Smith met during a long layover in Boston’s airport where Smith offered to adopt Gabriel.  Six months later, the same month Gabriel disappeared, Johnson decided to take Smith up on her offer.  Johnson signed over temporary guardianship of Gabriel to Smith and her husband for about 10 days before she picked him up and left Arizona.  When it was McQueary’s turn to take Gabriel, he found Johnson’s trailer empty with no sign of either her or his son and called the police.

The latest evidence jurors heard in the case was a recorded phone call Elizabeth Johnson made to Logan McQueary, stating she suffocated their son until he turned blue.

Scott McQueary

Scott McQueary

She claimed to then have put the baby boy’s body in a bag and threw him in a trash can in San Antonio, TX.  As the phone conversation was played in court, McQueary wiped away tears.  McQueary never wanted to place his son up for adoption.

Smith’s defense attorney states her client was an upstanding member of the community who was just trying to help a troubled Johnson and her baby.  However, according to a memorandum filed by her attorney, Smith’s psychologist said she acts impulsively and without reflection where children are involved.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Smith has claimed that her plan was to adopt Garbiel without McQueary’s knowledge.  In May, Smith was found guilty of forgery and conspiracy to interfere with Gabriel’s custody.  She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation.  Smith’s conviction does not relate to Gabriel’s disappearance, but rather her efforts to conspire with Johnson to deny Gabriel’s father, Logan, his rights to see his son.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Elizabeth went to trial in October 2012.  She was convicted of custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the kidnapping charge.  Although her lawyer argued for probation, she was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison.  She was given credit for three years time served and will be on probation for four years after her release.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson

At Elizabeth’s sentencing she apologized for her actions and said she had given Gabriel away so he could have a better life.  During the trial, texts came out that were sent back and forth between Gabriel’s parents, Elizabeth and Logan, during the time that Gabriel went missing.  One text sent to Logan from Elizabeth read “You will never see Gabriel again, I made sure of that.  And you can spend the rest of your pathetic life wondering about him.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

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, Johnson called Logan saying “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.”.  According to police, Johnson told Logan that she had killed their child out of revenge because she believed Logan was involved with other women.

Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson

Johnson stated Logan had destroyed her life, to which Logan responded “I haven’t destroyed anything.”  Johnson’s reply was “Yes, you have, Logan.  You made me kill my baby boy … so find some new girl to make your new baby.”  These texts and phone call prompted a massive search of local landfills by police, however they were not able to find Gabriel.

Investigators are still investigating Gabriel’s disappearance as a kidnapping/homicide, and have stated they believe Elizabeth in all likelihood killed Gabriel and they are considering filing murder charges against her.

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Gabriel Johnson, please immediately contact the San Antonio Police Department at:

1-210-207-7273

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The FBI at:

1-210-225-6741

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Tempe Police Department at:

1-480-350-8311

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The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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Parental Child Abduction is Child Abuse 10

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~ by LTWH on December 22, 2011.

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