Baby Gabriel Case
The disappearance of seven-month-old Baby Gabriel horrified the community of Tempe, Arizona. Even more shocking was the unsettling response from Baby Gabriel’s mother, Elizabeth Johnson, who allegedly took the child to San Antonio, Texas to be adopted before he disappeared. According to the prosecution, Baby Gabriel’s mom admits to suffocating Gabriel until he turned blue, stuffing him into a baby bag, and throwing him into the dumpster. Counsel for Ms. Johnson claimed that she is incompetent to stand trial, but the judge disagreed. The trial lasted eight days with six days of testimony, including 29 witnesses called by the prosecution and no witnesses called by the defense. On October 18, after less than two days of deliberations, the jury convicted Elizabeth Johnson of unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, and conspiracy to commit custodial interference. They were unable to reach a verdict on kidnapping, the most serious of the charges against her.