The Tempe mother of a missing 8-month-old boy told Logan Scott McQueary, her boyfriend and the baby’s father, via cell phone and text message that she had killed their son
, according to a Maricopa County Superior Court document.
Elizabeth Johnson, 23, who took her son, Gabriel Johnson, to San Antonio on Dec. 22 and who authorities say had threatened to harm her baby in the past
, was arrested by police Wednesday on a felony warrant on suspicion of custodial interference in Miami Beach, Fla.
Police are trying to determine whether Johnson has carried out what she told McQueary, 25.
On Dec. 27, Johnson called and text messaged McQueary and told him that she had killed the child, according to the court document.
She also stated that the dead child, Gabriel Scott Johnson, was in a dumpster in a baby bag, and she described the baby as dead and blue colored
. She also told McQueary that she was going to leave the United States, and she would tell him where the body was when she was gone, according to the court document.
“This has not been ruled out,” said Sgt. Steven Carbajal, a Tempe police spokesman. “But we are receiving conflicting information. We’re also hearing that she was trying to sell or give the baby up for adoption. We don’t know, yet. She’s not helping us resolve that issue.”
Police also are continuing to search for Johnson’s white 1995 Oldsmobile Delta-88 with Arizona license plate AGZ4214.
Johnson had a history of domestic violence-related incidents and is in a diversion program for her actions
, according to a Tempe Municipal Court spokeswoman.
A clerk at Tempe Municipal Court confirmed Monday that Elizabeth Johnson was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in July involving an incident in which she is accused of causing $4,000 damage inside the Tempe apartment she shared with McQueary.
McQueary earlier had filed an order of protection against Johnson in Tempe Municipal Court because he said he was afraid Johnson would hurt him and Gabriel, but the order was later dismissed after McQueary tried to work things out with Johnson, McQueary stated in the document.
In the July incident, McQueary told police she tore a part a baby crib, took a knife and cut up baby clothes, McQueary’s clothes, the couch and smashed windows of the apartment and a television set.
In another incident, Johnson later hid Gabriel but accused McQueary of taking him
, according to a request for custody of the child McQueary filed with the Maricopa County Superior Court on Dec. 14. The baby was found hours later at the home of one of Johnson’s friends after police conducted a search for him.
In the document McQueary wrote, “She has said several times in the past she doesn’t want the baby, has yelled and screamed at him when I would go to work, I would put him in his room, and when I would come back five hours later, he would still be in the room with no changed diaper and crying. I would ask her (Johnson) what she was doing, and she would just yell at me and say ‘shut that thing up.’”