8-Month-Old Arizona Boy Remains Missing, Mother Changes Story After Claiming She Killed Him

- By Bossip Staff

A whacked out Arizona woman either kidnapped or gave away her child sometime in late December, police aren’t sure which it is.

More than three weeks after an Arizona baby disappeared in Texas, investigators publicly sought new leads Monday because his mom wasn’t talking.

Their main questions: Did Elizabeth Johnson kill her 8-month-old son, Gabriel? Why isn’t she cooperating with investigators? How did the unemployed Johnson get $1,200 to travel across the country, buy food and stay in hotels? And just how much does a Scottsdale couple who wanted to adopt the child know?

Gabriel was last seen Dec. 26 in San Antonio. Johnson, 23, drove there from her home in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, stayed about a week, then took a bus to Florida without Gabriel. She was arrested Dec. 30 in Miami Beach and returned to Arizona to face kidnapping and child abuse charges.

“Gabriel was in San Antonio. He was there, he was alive, he was well,” Cmdr. Kim Hale, who is leading Tempe police’s investigation, said Monday. “Elizabeth Johnson left San Antonio without him, that we can confirm. So what happened in San Antonio? Right now, Elizabeth Johnson is the only one who can answer that.”

Not only is Johnson not cooperating, but she has given two very different stories about what happened to Gabriel, investigators said.

“I killed him,” she told Logan McQueary, her ex-boyfriend and the baby’s father, in a text message.

In a conversation not long afterward, McQueary told police that Johnson said she put Gabriel’s body in a diaper bag and threw it in a trash bin.

But in a phone interview with Phoenix television station KPHO, Johnson said she gave Gabriel to a couple she didn’t know at a San Antonio park and that she only said she killed the boy to get back at McQueary.

Hale said police have indications that Gabriel is alive.

“But at the same time, we can’t negate the fact that she said she killed him. She was very specific about that,” Hale said of Johnson, jailed on $1.1 million bond.

Another confusing aspect of the case is a Scottsdale couple labeled “persons of interest.”

Jack and Tammi Smith at first withheld some information from police but have been cooperative in general, Hale said. He said results from a lie-detector test the couple took Friday were inconclusive.

Johnson gave the Smiths temporary guardianship over Gabriel for about 10 days last month before she picked him up and left Arizona.

Johnson met Tammi Smith, 35, in June during a layover at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Smith told police she struck up a conversation with Johnson at the airport after noticing Johnson seemed stressed out and needed help with the baby. Smith held Gabriel in the airport and during the flight to Phoenix while Johnson vented about being a single mother, according to a Tempe police report.

“Johnson said she told Smith sometimes she felt that adoption would be the best thing for Gabriel, and Smith told her that she would be willing to adopt Gabriel,” according to the police report.

Jack Smith, 56, told The Associated Press on Monday that he and his wife adopted their 4-year-old daughter from a family member and had been wanting to give her a sibling.

“When Tammi got home she said, ‘I met a girl in the airport and she has this beautiful little baby and she has troubles, and I held him and loved him,’ ” Smith said. “Tammi was very excited about it.”

He said it makes sense that he and his wife are persons of interest in the case because they were the last ones to see Gabriel before Johnson left the state.

“Whatever they need to do to create whatever media waves to get and keep his face out there, I’m fine with,” he said. “I’m very secure. We had nothing to do with this. We’re doing everything we can every single day to keep up the fight, to keep this boy’s face out there on the front burner instead of second or third burner.”

McQueary, Gabriel’s father and Johnson’s ex-boyfriend, declined to comment.

His father, Frank McQueary, told AP that he and his son long have believed that Johnson has undiagnosed bipolar disorder but that she always refused to seek help.

This woman is just sick. We are really hoping that he — and so many other children who are missing — will be found safe and sound.

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  • olsweetdickwillie (WHO GONNA CHECK ME BOO?)

    I live in AZ, dont hate

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    I hope that the couple is an upstanding one and that she gave the baby to them. It’s women like her that should NOT be able to procreate.

  • mzdiva

    WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO CHARGE HER WITH MURDER

  • LeLE

    @mzdiva, I’m serious. It’s obvious this crazy girl killed her child. She did not give this baby away like she lied about. But, only God knows!

  • Ashley

    It’s such a sad situation. I hope and pray that the baby is safe, and alive. Some people just shouldnt have children. Her own child!!

  • mzdiva

    IT MAKES ME MAD TOO

    JUST STOP LYING

    AND TELL THE TRUTH

    THEY ABOUT TO EXPOSE IT ANYWAY

  • Gmen

    we dont give sh’t about white ppl

  • HEARTLESS

    Is she white like casey anthony ?

  • yup

    @heartless
    of course, white people have no trouble killing their young or selling them….

  • turkishjamaican

    typical..no suprise God bless the babys soul.

  • desiree sanchez

    Naturally, the folks who just live to hate white people chime right in. Nope, can’t leave that one alone, can you? Still need to justify yourself and your reason for living? Look around the hood, folks, blacks be killing they own faster than any white person do. Guns,etc. etc. Sad lot of dunces.

  • SMH

    FOR ALL YOU FOOLS ON HERE WORRYING ABOUT SOMEONES RACE HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THEIR IS A CHILD MISSING? WHO CARES WHAT COLOR HIS MOTHER IS? WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL INNOCENT BABY MISSING. @GMEN WHY YOU ARE ON HERE WITH THIS NEGATIVE MESS THIS IS ABOUT THIS POOR LITTLE BABY. IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT DEEP RACISIM ALIVE. WE WILL NEVER GET PAST THIS STUFF AS LONG AS WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO THINK AND ACT LIKE YOU.@HEARTLESS CASEY ANTHONY IS ITALIAN. @YUP YOU CAN REFERENCE THE ABOVE STATMENT TO GMEN AND INSERT YOUR NAME. DON’T FORGET WHY THIS STOREY IS UP HERE PEOPLE. GOD BLESS THIS POOR LITTLE CHILD. HOPEFULLY THE CHILD WILL BE FOUND ALIVE AND WELL.

  • http://bossip KingLion

    she sold the baby! That’s in their nature!

  • desiree sanchez

    @ Persia. Yes, honey, you are from the hood. Your spelling of trailor, instead of trailer park. More importantly, you missed the entire point, which, is the form of elective reasoning pointed out here as being ‘ghetto’. Grow up.

    And, King Lion? “That’s in their nature?” Really, the same type of reasoning white people have about black folk having tails they keep hidden? Because, that’s in their nature?

  • http://customcalendars4u2.com Taisha from Chicago!

    I hope that the child is alive and I hope she remains in jail indefinitely until she tells the authorities what happened to the child. If she gave the child to a couple she met in a State Park(Which I don’t believe)she’s very disturbed and for telling the father that she killed the child makes her HEARTLESS & CRUEL! I believe that this couple that is on Nancy Grace night after night is involved in this whole mess even though they have offered to take a polygraph test, are willing to talk to police, media and continue to deny any involvement. I think it’s just a ploy to throw off the authorities and send them off in another direction. The couple appear very antsy, confused in their stories, to involved with the whole situation (when they claim she disappeared on them a long time ago) and to me they signal and pet each other with their hands during interviews and questioning with Nancy Grace. If I were them and had offered to illegally adopt this crazy woman’s child then it turns out that all this other stuff was going on with her behind the scenes, I would have cooperated with the police and then stayed as far away from this story as possible, because I’m no longer needed if I’m not a suspect. They have already said they barely new the young mother,they met her the same way she claims to have met another couple in the park and yet they defend her and bad mouth the father whom they never met and could only go by what the crazy mother was telling them about him. They are on T.V every night talking about nothing in particular I think they are the COUPLE IN THE PARK. customcalendars4u2.com

  • Deb

    My heart sank when I saw the droopy-eyed pictures of Gabriel.

    Why do you think she took the pictures of Gabriel?

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