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New developments reported in Baby Gabriel case

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Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 10:40 pm | Updated: 2:39 pm, Tue Mar 8, 2011.

A Tempe woman jailed for more than a year in the disappearance of her baby claims she won't get a fair trial.

The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that Elizabeth Johnson wrote a two-page letter to the presiding judge and says she's "fighting a losing battle."

Johnson was arrested in Florida on Dec. 30, 2009. She's been held in a downtown Phoenix jail on a $1.1 million cash bond since January 2010 on charges of kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference in connection with the disappearance of her son Gabriel.

The boy was 8 months old when he was last seen alive in San Antonio in December 2009. Authorities don't know whether he's alive.

Also on Tuesday, KPHO-TV reported on its website that a San Antonio detective who interviewed Johnson without her lawyer's knowledge last summer in a Maricopa County jail said she told him she killed the baby. The revelation comes from a recorded call between Detective Jesse Salame and the baby's father, Logan McQueary. Salame was trying to explain why he questioned Johnson and insisted that it would not jeopardize the case against her, KPHO reported.

The 24-year-old Johnson has been found competent to stand trial, which is scheduled to start May 9.

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