Baby Gabriel's mother found competent to stand trial

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 23 at 5:16 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The mother of an Arizona baby missing since December has been found competent to stand trial.

Elizabeth Johnson had been found incompetent in June, but a judge ruled Thursday that she's now able to understand the charges against her and assist in her own defense after she finished court-ordered treatment and therapy.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, child abuse, and custodial interference in the disappearance of her son Gabriel, who was 8 months old when he was last seen in December in San Antonio.

Police don't know whether the boy is alive.

Tempe police say Johnson originally claimed she killed the baby and later said she gave the child to a couple in San Antonio.

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