Tempe mother indicted in missing baby case

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a Tempe woman has been indicted in the disappearance of her baby.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 23-year-old Elizabeth Johnson was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on charges of kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference. She remains jailed inPhoenix.

Authorities say Johnson fled the state with her 8-month-old son Gabriel during the week of December 22 in an apparent custody battle. The boy was last seen in San Antonio where Johnson spentDec. 22 to 27 in two different motels. Johnson was arrested Dec. 30 in Miami and extradited to Arizona.

Meanwhile, Tempe police confirmed that officers executed a search warrant Thursday night at the home of a Scottsdale couple considered "persons of interest" in the case. Jack and Tammi Smith have said Johnson wanted to give up her baby for adoption but her ex-boyfriend wouldn't go along with it.