New pictures show baby Gabriel in Texas

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 6:17 PM

TEMPE - Late Friday, Tempe Police released a series of pictures, showing 9-month-old Gabriel Johnson alive in a San Antonio motel.  A couple of the photos are date-stamped "December 26th," which is the last day police can confirm Gabriel was alive.

Most of the pictures show Gabriel playing on a bed or crawling around, but others are troubling.  In two of the pictures, Gabriel is seen grasping what appears to be a medicine dropper.  Tempe Police say they can't confirm what the baby is holding, but a Texas woman who says she babysat Gabriel claims he appeared to be groggy from medicine.   Analisa Urias, an 18-year-old from San Antonio, says Gabriel's mother told him to "give him more medicine if he starts to cry."

The newly-released pictures also reveal Gabriel's mother, Elizabeth Johnson, brought family photos when she fled.  Tempe Police say it looks like Johnson's mother and brother are in picture frames placed on a motel nightstand.

Meanwhile, investigators continue combing through evidence seized when they served a search warrant on the home of Tammi and Jack Smith.  The Smiths tried adopting Gabriel in December, in the weeks leading up to his disappearance.   Police have labeled the couple "persons of interest" in the missing baby case, and believe the Smiths could be hiding information.

Tammi Smith says she invited police to her home to search her files.  They left the Smith's North Scottsdale home at 12:45am Friday with a laptop, other computer files, phone records, and documents.

They're going to find evidence that we were following the law.  Nothing shady," said Tammi Smith.

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