Arizona Woman Who Was Convicted After Baby Disappeared Released From Prison

| by Amanda Schallert

An Arizona woman who spent five years in prison for the disappearance of her baby was released Friday.

Elizabeth Johnson, who was 27 years old when her baby Gabriel went missing, now faces four years on probation, according to the Huffington Post.

In 2009, as noted by the Huffington Post, Johnson reportedly told Gabriel’s father Logan McQueary in a text message that he would never see the baby again. At the time, the parents shared joint custody of their son.

"You will never see Gabriel again," the text is said to have 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."

After sending the text, Johnson reportedly called McQueary and said that she had suffocated the child and put him in a trash can. She allegedly did this because she was angry at McQueary for talking to other women.

"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," Johnson allegedly said, according to audiotapes.

Despite a search in local landfills for Gabriel’s body, he was never found.

After Johnson was charged with kidnapping and custodial interference, Johnson said she had actually given Gabriel away to a family in San Antonio so he could have a better life.

"I have to live every day without my son and without knowing where he is," Johnson said in court. "That is the worst pain and punishment I could ever have ... I am deeply sorry."

In 2012, Johnson was convicted by a jury for custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial interference.

During the trial, Prosecutor Angela Andrews said that her office would set aside its recommendation that Johnson go to prison if she would just tell the court where Gabriel was.

"She was a vindictive and scheming woman who used her child as a pawn ... Her actions demonstrated nothing but pure selfishness and vengeance," Andrews said.

When the judge sentenced Johnson, he said that he wished he could give closure to the case and to the family, but knew he couldn’t.

Source: Huffington Post, Image Credit: Huffington Post