Attorney: Baby Gabriel's would-be adoptive mom 'obsessed'

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by The Associated Press

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 17 at 1:57 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Prosecutors are painting the would-be adoptive mother of an Arizona baby missing for more than two years as an "obsessed" woman who would stop at nothing to win custody of the boy, while defense attorneys said she was just looking out for the child and his mother.
 
The attorneys spoke during opening statements Tuesday in the trial of 40-year-old Tammi Peters Smith.
 
Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of forgery and custodial interference in the case of missing baby Gabriel, who was 8 months old when he was last seen in December 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.
 
Gabriel's mother, Elizabeth Johnson, has said she killed Gabriel and dumped him in a trash bin but later recanted and said she gave the baby to a couple in San Antonio.

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