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Where is Gabriel Johnson?

January 5, 2010

Gabriel Scott Johnson, 8 months

The vehicle belonging to the mother of missing 8 month old, Gabriel Johnson has been found outside a San Antonio, Texas hotel this evening.  The car is being processed for evidence, but there were no obvious signs of violence.

Elizabeth Johnson, 23,  abducted her son and was arrested in Miami, Fl. last week after she failed to appear for a custodial hearing in Phoenix, Arizona.   The little boy was not with her when she was arrested.

Gabriel’s father, Logan Scott McQueary,  told authorities the mother had threatened the little boy in the past. He had previously filed a protective order against her after she “tore apart a baby crib, took a knife and cut up baby clothes, his (MceQueary’s) clothes, the couch, and smashed windows of the apartment and a television set.”  That protective order was dismissed when he tried to reconcile with her. (are you kidding me???)

Documents also say that  in a request for custody of Gabriel, filed by McQueary on Dec 14, Johnson hid the boy and accused McQueary of taking him. The child was found several hours later with friends of Johnson’s. McQueary stated that “She has said several times in the past she doesn’t want the baby, has yelled and screamed at him when I would go to work, I would put him in his room and when I would come back 5 hours later, he would still be in the room with no changed diaper and crying.  I would ask her what she was doing, and she would just yell at me and say, ‘shut that thing up’.”

After Johnson took Gabriel, she texted McQueary that she had murdered the child. She told McQueary that Gabriel was “dead and blue colored” and that she put him in a bag and dropped him in a dumpster.  She said she was leaving the country and would tell him where the baby’s body was when she was safely gone.

McQueary said that he just recently found out that Johnson had been trying to have the baby adopted by a couple she met on an airplane, and when she tried to get him to sign adoption papers, he refused saying he wanted his son. The couple  has come forward and are not considered to be involved in Gabriel’s disappearance at this time.  Tempe Police Sgt. Steven Carbajal said they were receiving conflicting information that Johnson tried to sell Gabriel or give him away,  and that she is not helping them in any way to recover the child.  He has not ruled out murder, although McQueary, who has know Johnson since Jr. High, has said he doesn’t believe his son is dead.

Gabriel was  born May 3, 2009 and went missing December 27, 2009 from Tempe, Az.   The little boy is 2′ tall,weighs 20 lbs., has light brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Gabriel or his whereabouts is urged to call Tempe Police at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.

This just breaks my heart.  I look at Gabriel’s smiling face with Santa Claus above, and then at the second picture where his little eyes look so sad, and it makes me want to cry.  I pray they find this precious little boy alive and unharmed, and that they put this sorry excuse for a mother and a human being away for the rest of her life.

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    January 5, 2010 11:45 pm

    This just makes me sick. I’m not a violent person, but I think they need to let a loving mother or 2 alone in the room with her and see if they don’t get the truth out of that hateful wench. I know it doesn’t work that way. How evil can one person be? That baby didn’t deserve to have such a rotten human being as a mother. So sad. I pray they find him soon and safe.

  2. Spacely permalink
    January 6, 2010 10:57 am

    Here is another story I think you will find of interest:

    We often discuss how vulnerable children are, but this story has opened my eyes to how much more vulnerable children in a homeless environment are.

  3. Spacely permalink
    January 6, 2010 10:59 am

    And here is another stellar father for you:

  4. January 6, 2010 12:26 pm

    What a sad story! I am hoping she sold him and didn’t kill him. She needs the firing squad! Hi ya Mystery!

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 6, 2010 12:52 pm

    Spacely, at least that little girl’s parents were on top of things and not negligent. If they hadn’t been paying attention, God knows what might have happened.

    The burned little boy just makes me sick. He’ll suffer for a very long time, if not for the rest of his life, for his father’s recklessness, Wonder why the other child was in the custody of relatives? Was it a different mother or was she arrested too?

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 6, 2010 12:53 pm

    Hey there, Humble! She is saying now that she gave him to “some people that looked nice” at a park. If that’s the case, why haven’t those “nice” people come forward???

  7. Hadley permalink
    January 6, 2010 3:37 pm

    I am totally amazed that SOMEONE can’t make this evil woman talk! (Bet I could!) I thought the FBI, and LE had people who were trained to get people to “talk”…what’s going on? Like you, Niecey, where ARE those “nice people?” That baby’s life is in danger (if he’s still alive)…they have got to get TOUGH with her to get some answers. Where is her family? This is absolutely awful. May God protect little Gabriel and lead someone to him.

  8. Spacely permalink
    January 7, 2010 9:41 am

    One more:

    This one is so crazy because at the very end of the article, they reveal the mother in this case already starved one child to death and served just 6 months for the crime, was released and allowed to care for more children.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 7, 2010 10:16 pm


    It is awful. Apparently the couple that was trying to adopt the baby are now named “persons of interest” by the police. I’m hoping that this little boy is safe somewhere and the truth will come out soon.

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 7, 2010 10:25 pm


    I hope that idiot dad was horrified when he realized his own children were there, but I doubt it.

    The second story I already knew about. I still don’t understand how he ended up with his mother or why he was living with a cousin before that. Was the cousin related to her or the Dad? Where is his Dad?

  11. Spacely permalink
    January 8, 2010 8:40 am


    I had the exact same questions. There is so much wrong with that story. It just seems to reinforce that for many people, life is not precious and does not matter. Not one person connected to that child’s life attempted to help him. He had to run to strangers.

    From the other perspective, it also shows that there are a lot of people out there that do care about life and do not hesitate to help a child in need.

  12. Hadley permalink
    January 10, 2010 9:28 am

    Mystery, I am sitting here crying. I just read THE DARK SIDE of CAYLEE’S LIFE on Hinkey’s blog. Dear God, how precious little Caylee suffered. My heart is breaking. Casey Anthony is way beyond EVIL…no punishment is great enough for her. I only wish the Orlando newspapers would print this on the FRONT PAGE.

    I am still praying that little Gabriel will be found soon. Someone knows where this baby is. I’m just hoping that he’s not in Mexico. Lots of places to hide him there. I still think the people that wanted to adopt him know alot more than they are telling. They just act suspicious. I think LE thinks so too, and are just not commenting too much. God, keep this precious child safe.

  13. pak31 permalink
    January 12, 2010 7:28 am

    I have just caught myself up on this situation with Gabriel. I was so busy lately I hadn’t been able to read what was going on. For the first time yesterday I listened to an audio recording of the mother being questioned about her son. It was disturbing on so many levels. This woman has psychological issues. I don’t know if she’s like this because of her crazy childhood or if she has something more serious going on but regardless, she’s the key to this whole mystery. I know people are blinded by love, but the father of this baby has issues too. This girl is nuts and he keeps going back. I just read for the first time here about that protective order. Why didn’t authorities dig further into that because of a baby being involved?? The family keeps saying she’d never hurt him yet nothing she has done so far has shown me that she’s a loving mother, a stable human being. In the interview she had absolutely no regard, no emotion or care for her son. She lacks that natural motherly bond that most mothers have. She can’t understand what she did wrong? She’s not worried for his safety? I agree with niecey’s comment and Hadley’s. I am disappointed with the father too. NOW he wants his son yet it seems before that he let him stay in an unstable environment. I don’t know everything about this story but this girl isn’t very smart, you’d think you could easily get her to crack. Especially since when the interviewers told her she could spend the rest of her life in jail because she admitted to murder and she didn’t seem to understand or care.

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 12, 2010 3:14 pm

    pak–This woman is just baffling–the whole thing is. Why on earth wasn’t she arrested when she “gave” the baby to the Smiths? Did no one question where Gabriel was then? You are right. There is a lot we don’t know yet about the backgrounds of the people involved and the back story, but on the surface it’s just unbelievable. I pray they find that baby, but I fear I’ve become a terrible cynic. I have my doubts that they will.

  15. pak31 permalink
    January 13, 2010 9:16 am

    Mystery, that confuses me about the adoption. No one is clearing up anything. Was this an official adoption through an agency or was it just something between a couple and a mother?? Is that even legal? Can you just hand off your child like that without any legal intervention? Monday night, the Smiths appeared on Nancy Grace. While they are firmly stating that they are innocent, even though persons of interest, they are still acting strange to me. Even a caller asked how Tammi could be so attached to a child and mother who she just met. Tammi even verified that she first met Elizabeth about 7 months ago, only briefly, then started interacting with her for about 9-10 days in December. Wouldn’t you want to know a little more about Elizabeth and the baby than just a week or 2? Now it’s being reported that the other man listed on the paternity test as a possible father, Craig Cherry, is actually first cousin to Tammi Smith. Tammi never mentioned this info to police til she was probed about it. Her answer was she was never asked. Then she had reasons to explain why they didn’t pass the lie detctor test. The guest on NG said she should take it again because she talks about Gabriel in the past tense. It’s all just very interesting and strange at the same time.

  16. pak31 permalink
    January 13, 2010 9:22 am

    I forgot to mention this, that after Gabriel’s brief stay with the Smiths, they returned him because the biological dad was against the adoption. So then was it after that, that Tammi Smith and Elizabeth J. filed the papers and paternity listing 2 possible dads, one being Tammi’s cousin, whom she said she didn’t see on the papers, even though it’s being reported that she reviewed them?? The Smith’s are a bit creepy the way they are persuing this baby, is it possible that they could have been trying to help Elizabeth keep Gabriel away from his dad by throwing her cousin into the mix?? They did see her prior to leaving Arizona. You would think that the Smiths would kind of give up, so to speak, since the dad refused the adoption.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 13, 2010 3:43 pm

    Tammi’s first cousin being thrown into the mix really makes her suspect and is absolutely beyond coincidental. I suppose Tammi’s explanation that she mentioned him to Elizabeth and that she didn’t actually look at the papers that Elizabeth filled out could be true……all of the explanations she has provided could be true….

    The more I hear about the Smiths the more I think they have a bigger dog in this fight than they’ve let on. Jack had stated they were pursuing Gabriel through a “private adoption”. A private adoption is more expensive and more time is spent in court proceedings than going through a regular adoption agency. An attorney is involved. At least that’s what the website below says about private adoptions.

    That says to me that since they were at the point where they were filing court papers and trying to get Logan to sign the adoption papers, they have already laid out a significant amount of time and money to get the child. It also makes me think that they should have a deeper emotional attachment to Gabriel that goes beyond a week or 9 days. Yet they are eerily calm.

    Elizabeth is sitting in jail facing the threat of murder charges and possibly spending the rest of her life in prison. She isn’t fazed by of this it appears. She’s not worried about her baby at all or even herself it seems. It’s kind of like, “he’s gone–oh well.” Tammi almost seems to be putting words in Elizabeth’s mouth and prompting her in the interview with the reporter–but at the same time sternly warning her “hey, you could go to prison for life if you don’t talk.” Yet, Elizabeth seems eerily calm.

    I don’t know where I’m going with this, other that the only common denominator is that they are all calm in the face of a vanished baby that at the very least, according to Logan, evoked extreme agitation from Elizabeth, and should evoke panic from the people that wanted to call Gabriel, “son” someday. Yet none of them are responding in a way you would expect. Why? It’s like they are privy to something we’re not.

    If they are hiding Gabriel, I think Elizabeth will break when she snaps to and realizes the consequences of what she’s doing. Unless Logan is lying through his teeth about how she felt about Gabriel, I think she doesn’t care enough to actually go to prison for him.

  18. pak31 permalink
    January 15, 2010 11:11 am

    I just saw somewhere today not only has a babysitter at one of the hotels come forward but Tammi Smith has admitted to falsifying documents related to the adoption. Well blow me down!!! I knew she wasn’t as squeaky clean as she’s claiming to be. She knew that Logan didn’t want his son adopted yet she still was helping Elizabeth. That speaks volumes. She could have suggested the cousin to help stir it up. I can’t see how a couple who knows this war is going on between 2 people they don’t know and instead of calling police saying she’s trying to give away her baby to spite the dad(which Tammi said she knew) they try to adopt? That isn’t normal to me.

  19. Jodie permalink
    August 3, 2010 5:06 pm

    Has anyone compaired photos of Gabriel Johnson and missing 2yr. Sylar Newton?? Sylar looks like an aged Gabriel…does anyone else see it??? The age would be alittle off…but….it is almost scary how much they look alike….and lived in the same State??? Hmmmm

  20. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 3, 2010 6:35 pm

    Hi Jodie–I agree they have similar features and there are some things about their stories that are similar, but I really believe it’s just a coincidence.

  21. November 12, 2010 1:45 pm

    the baby cribs should be as protected as possible and it should have additiona safety features -.,

  22. TIGGS permalink
    December 20, 2010 6:58 am


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