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Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010 2:40 pm | Updated: 8:41 am, Wed Nov 28, 2012.

The Valley woman who is not cooperating with police in the search for her missing 8-month-old son has been extradited from Florida to the Tempe jail, police said Sunday afternoon.

Police believe missing Tempe baby is alive

Tempe baby still missing after mom's arrest

The Valley woman who is not cooperating with police in the search for her missing 8-month-old son has been extradited from Florida to the Tempe jail, police said Sunday afternoon.

Police believe missing Tempe baby is alive

Tempe baby still missing after mom's arrest

 

Tempe police also announced that Elizabeth Johnson faces charges of kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference. She is being held on a cash bond of $1.1 million.

The Tempe woman claimed she killed Gabriel Johnson and left him in a dumpster, but police believe the child is still alive. The child’s disappearance has sparked a nationwide search.

On Sunday, police appealed to whoever may have Gabriel, saying the child can be turned over to a fire station or hospital if that person is afraid to come forward.

Gabriel was last seen with his 23-year-old mother Dec. 26 at a hotel in San Antonio. She lost custody of her son to the boy’s father, Logan Scott McQueary, two days later when she failed to show up at a custody hearing.

Johnson was arrested Dec. 30 at a youth hostel in Miami Beach, Fla., and held while awaiting extradition. She told McQueary that she killed the baby and left it in a trash bin. But police have said they believe Gabriel is alive and they are investigating whether she gave him away.

Police said Johnson had been attempting to have Tammi and Jack Smith adopt the child, and that couple has since been named “persons of interest” in the investigation. Police said they believe the couple has information they are withholding from investigators.

Tempe police said they plan to announce more information Monday afternoon. If anyone has any information about the boy’s whereabouts, they can call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

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