It's been three years since baby Gabriel Johnson went missing. It's been three years since cops say his mother, Elizabeth Johnson, started a flurry of text messages to the 8-month-old's dad, claiming she'd killed the little boy. And now Elizabeth is hoping a jury will believe her that it was all just a big, fat misunderstanding. Even though her 8-month-old child hasn't been seen or heard from in three years, and she can't say where he is.
If you believe her, I've got a bridge to sell you real cheap, y'all. The Baby Gabriel case -- as it's been dubbed in Johnson's native Arizona -- has got to be about as close to a slam dunk as you can get for a prosecutor.
Elizabeth claims she gave baby Gabriel to some random couple who wanted a kid in Texas. But she won't supply names, and no one has come forward with this kid. And we're supposed to believe her pleas of not guilty on charges of kidnapping, custodial interference, and conspiracy?
Babies don't just disappear into thin air. And they especially don't disappear innocently ... at least not after their mother just so coincidentally sent texts to the baby's father, Logan McQueary, that say things like:
I killed him. U will never see Gabriel again, I made sure of that. And you can spend the rest of ur pathetic life wondering about him.
OK, you read that. Do you really need to know where Gabriel is to convict his mom of doing something bad to him?
Because she took the baby to Texas in December 2009, and that's the last place he was seen, Arizona prosecutors don't have the jurisdiction to add murder to the list of charges. And, of course, Gabriel's body hasn't been found, so even that would be tough for Texas prosecutors. But still. We have a mom who has been sitting in court crying because, "Oh, pity poor her, she's on trial." She says she's not guilty.
But what kind of mother gives her kid away to strangers? What kind of mother doesn't get an address for the people who have her kid? What kind of human being sends texts like the one above?
With closing arguments out the way, and justice for baby Gabriel in the hand of a jury, I don't think I could set all those factor aside, how about you?
A conviction could carry up to 33 years in prison for Elizabeth Johnson. Do you think that would fit here?
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