A police sergeant testified that she tried to talk Baby Gabriel Johnson’s mother, Elizabeth Johnson, into pulling over to the side the road and wait for Texas law enforcement shortly before the baby went missing.
Logan McQueary, Gabriel's father, tried to get Johnson to come home as well. A text message submitted into evidence Tuesday, sent from Johnson to McQueary reads, “You will never find me, I’m already boarding the plane out of the country. When I’m safe I’ll email you the location of dead Gabriel’s little blue body.”
Other text messages Johnson sent to McQueary a few days later read: “Coward b----,” she wrote. “Pathetic loser, run to daddy.”
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When he disappeared, Gabriel was seven months old, and his whereabouts are still a mystery. Tammi Smith is now on trial for her alleged role in the baby’s disappearance. Prosecutors say Smith wanted to adopt Gabriel so much that she was willing to break the law. She is charged with forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference.
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Johnson told Tempe Police Sergeant Elizabeth Lenzen she was en route from Texas back to Phoenix for a custody hearing the next day, but cell phone records indicate that was not the case, Lenzen said, adding that Johnson was actually moving further south. After pleading with Johnson to pull over and wait for law enforcement, the sergeant said she asked Johnson to put the phone next to her infant son, who Johnson claimed was in the car seat next to her. The sergeant, though, heard nothing but road noise. “Well you’re not listening close enough then, are you?” Johnson told her.
A forensic document examiner also testified Monday that handwriting analysis indicates a custody document at the center of the case was filled in by two different people. Johnson’s name -- with her middle name “Joanne” misspelled -- and Craig Cherry’s name as the potential father were written by the same person, he said.
On Wednesday, we could hear from Baby Gabriel’s grandfather, Frank McQueary.
You can watch the trial live on In Session on truTV.