“A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge awarded custody of still-missing baby Gabriel Johnson to the boy’s father in a hearing Friday morning. Logan McQueary will take custody of the baby if he is ever found.
The child’s mother, Elizabeth Johnson, refused to answer any questions from Judge Michael McVey or McQueary’s attorney about where Gabriel is. She began to cry on the stand when McVey asked who she gave the boy to and whether she has any information about Gabriel’s safety.
Gabriel will turn 1 year old on May 3, but Johnson has refused to say if the child is alive or where he is.
Johnson has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, child abuse, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and custodial interference. She refused to answer any questions about Gabriel’s whereabouts to avoid incriminating herself on those criminal charges.
McQueary’s attorney, Craig Mehrens, asked McVey to find Johnson in contempt for violating his December ruling that awarded visitation rights to McQueary. McVey set a hearing for April 28 to review the contempt allegation. Mehrens said McVey could order Johnson to produce the baby, or force her to remain in jail in contempt of court until she does.”