Baby Gabriel’s Mother Set To Stand Trial in September

Arizona mother, Elizabeth Johnson, likely murdered her beautiful 8-month-old boy, Gabriel, over two years ago.

Although Johnson says she gave the boy to some strangers in a park, no one really believes her, and Elizabeth told Gabriel’s father that she killed the child and threw him in a dumpster.

(Elizabeth and baby Gabriel)

Johnson, who took Gabriel away from his father, had originally conspired with a woman she met in an airport, named Tammi Smith. Johnson had planned to give Gabriel to Tammi Smith and her husband, despite the fact that Gabriel’s father, Logan McQueary, loved his boy, and the courts granted custody to Logan.

Logan wanted his son back, and Tammi Smith never even bothered to look into that. She never considered the father at all.

(Logan McQueary, Gabrielle’s father)

The “adoption” deal with Tammi Smith eventually fell through, and suddenly one day, Gabriel was never seen again. Elizabeth says she handed her boy over to some strangers in a park. Authorities found no such people. The police and Gabriel’s father, think Elizabeth murdered her son.

Tammi Smith’s attorney defends his client by calling her, ‘just a good person.’

The car belonging to Elizabeth Johnson, an Arizona mother who allegedly told her ex-boyfriend she'd killed their 8-month-old son, was found Tuesday in Texas, an FBI spokesman said. But little Gabriel Johnson is still missing.

Tammi Smith says Elizabeth Johnson told her Gabriel’s father was abusive and she was running from him. Smith, a stranger to the family, took Johnson’s word and never investigated if baby Gabriel’s father was a good man or not.

Smith’s attorney says, “it’s in her nature to feel compelled to help, because of her religious beliefs, again because of her family background. She feels compelled to help, particularly when she perceives a woman in trouble or child in trouble.”

Prosecutors say Smith was obsessed with adopting Gabriel, and would do anything to get him.

Evidence shows that Elizabeth kidnapped Gabriel out of spite for Logan, and killed him because she didn’t want to take care of a child anymore.

It is unclear why the illegal adoption with Tammi Smith fell through.

You can read past articles about the case by clicking here: ordinaryevil



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19 Responses to Baby Gabriel’s Mother Set To Stand Trial in September

  1. Judy says:

    She’s following in Old Casey Anthony’s shoes because that ugly thing got out of murdering little Cailee and is walking the streets. She could have let his dad have him since she didn’t want him

  2. Nikki says:

    When does Elizabeth Johnson go to trial? B/c it’s not on April 9th. Tammi Smiths trial began yesterday, the 17th.

  3. E.A. Jurenovich says:

    To the contrary– evidence does NOT yet show that Elizabeth Johnson killed Gabriel, and this is why she has not been charged with murder in Texas.

    And while you say “no one believes” Johnson, clearly, world-renowned investigator Ken Gamble did, when he found phone records showing Jack Smith was on the phone repeatedly with his son in TN until the hour of the reported handoff in the park.

    But as long as folks as willing to write off the possibility that Gabriel MAY still be alive, odds are good that law enforcement won’t bother to truly search and the Smiths will not be held accountable for their part in this debacle.

    I don’t believe Gabriel would still be missing today, were it not for Jack & Tammi’s influence over Elizabeth Johnson, whose child they seemed hell-bent on acquiring, at any cost.

    • Alethea says:

      I did not know about the phone call you speak of. You obviously know a lot more about the case than I do. Maybe you can keep us all informed as time goes by.

      Where is Gabriel then?

    • Alethea says:

      and why would Elizabeth sit in prison for more than two years, and not release herself of prison, and not release herself of being told she is a murderer of a child…by MERELY telling everyone where Gabriel is????????????????????????????????

      • Alethea says:

        if she did just give him away to some great family, then she would be released on bail and face much lesser charges. As it is, Gabriel is missing, and obviously not living with the Smiths, so is he with someone who is sexually abusing him? Sold into a child sex traffic business? Or is he dead?

  4. Anonymous says:

    This story has been off my radar for a long time…. The mother should certainly be held accountable. Will ANYONE hold Tammi Smith accountable as well? She played a major role in the possible death of that little boy.

  5. little nel says:

    It seems as if child killing has become a way of substantial financial gain in America for the families of the victims.

    I wonder how much money Elizabeth and Logan will make?

    • Alethea says:

      I don’t think you meant to, but the way this reads, it implies Logan cares about any money that would come from the loss of his son. I would not include Logan in that.

      • little nel says:

        Oops, I did imply that, but only because they share equal parental genes for baby Gabriel.

        I know that Logan did try to protect his son, so I’m sorry for the error. Thanks for the correction, Alethea.

  6. little nel says:

    I just read that there was more than $3 million in life insurance on Susan, Josh, Charlie and Braden Powell’s lives.

    Alina Powell attempted to claim the money, after Josh did his murder/suicide finale, with the help of another brother.

    I read that she also received $7K from Josh the day before he killed his sons and himself.

    Premeditated and planned carefully by Josh to financially benefit his siblings and father for their debauchery, and exclude the Cox family. Josh’s revenge was intended to be complete and set up to inflict the most pain he could on the Cox family.

    The Cox family will not get any of the life insurance money as the Powell family has been made the benefactors.

    • Alethea says:

      Yes, I read Josh’s family were fighting and scrambling over the money. Pretty sick. I don’t think they should get a dime, and think the money should go to a children’s charity. Two children were brutally murdered for that money to be available. No one should benefit but real victims. I don’t see how insurance companies pay on suicides anyway. Isn’t it an open door for people, who have serious issues already, and who already want to check out….to commit suicide so their family gets the money? Seems like a form of insurance fraud to me.

  7. Alethea says:

    I just heard on CNN, Elizabeth telling Gabriel’s father, Logan, that she smothered Gabriel and threw him in the dumpster because Logan was talking to other girls.

    If she killed Gabriel because of jealousy, her soul has a hard road.

  8. little nel says:

    I look at those two young parents and think how beautiful they both are. They produced a beautiful baby boy and couldn’t get their lives arranged to their satisfaction so they didn’t make a safe place for their little baby. Gabriel was used as a pawn in a deadly game of power. This happens too often and the children pay the price by being subjected to unreasonable parents.

    I guess Elizabeth got the last word in this feud and Gabriel got the death penalty at the hands of a scorned woman.

    • Alethea says:

      It’s amazing isn’t it Little Nel? Two such beautiful parents, and an adorable little creature like Gabriel, and they could not make their relationship work –not even for the child, and the mother turned into a monster.

      It goes to show how beauty and everything looking like a ‘perfect family’ on the outside, can be a nightmare behind closed doors.

  9. Tatiana says:

    First off Elizabeth is from ARIZONA, she ran off w/Gabriel TO Texas to keep the father from seeing his son. She most likely murdered Gabriel once she got to Texas. Second, I think she is trying to pull a Casey by trying to lie her way out by telling different stories about Gabriel’s whereabouts

    • Alethea says:

      Well thanks (I think) for your very serious corrections on my article. Sorry for the offense!

      • ittle nel says:

        Casey Anthony proved that lying can be a valuable tool when you want to avoid imprisonment for killing your child. She has her own cult now.

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