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New twist in Baby Gabriel case

December 07, 2010

PHOENIX (AP) — A Scottsdale woman charged in the disappearance of Baby Gabriel Johnson allegedly discussed adopting the boy's mother as a way to gain custody of the child.

The state says 38-year-old Tammi Smith wanted to adopt Gabriel and 24-year-old Elizabeth Johnson of Tempe and also discussed seeking a change of venue in the custody case to Tennessee.

The Arizona Republic reports the state is alleging Smith and Johnson talked about using child-support payments to pressure the baby's father, Logan McQueary, into surrendering his parental rights.

A defense motion says that even if the conversations took place, they were legal.

It's been nearly a year since Baby Gabriel was last seen alive in San Antonio with his mother.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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