Woman who wanted to adopt Baby Gabriel pleads not guilty; search of Texas landfill continuesPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The Scottsdale woman who wanted to adopt Baby Gabriel, the Tempe baby who has missing since just after Christmas, pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
Tammi Smith, who was indicted earlier this month, faces charges of forgery, custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial interference.
Smith is accused of withholding information from police and providing false information on paternity documents which inaccurately listed Smith's cousin as Gabriel's father, the report said.
In the meantime, the search for Gabriel Johnson moves into its next phase.
Texas landfill dig reaches target level
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio police say crews searching a local landfill for clues to the fate of a missing Arizona baby have reached the target level of their dig.
A Wednesday statement from San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says crews had only to reach a 30-foot depth of an expected 45-foot depth in the Tess man Road Landfill.
McManus says a meticulous second phase of the landfill search will begin Thursday. However, he says the hope remains that the 8-month-old will be found alive.
Searchers are looking for a specific item -- a diaper bag.
Baby Gabriel was last seen with his mother, Elizabeth Johnson, shortly after Christmas at a San Antonio hotel. The diaper bag was the only thing missing from the room when police searched it.
Johnson was later arrested alone in Florida and then extradited to Arizona. She remains behind bars on charges of kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference. She told the boy's father she killed Gabriel and dumped him in the trash -- a story she later recanted.
Earlier this month, San Antonio reclassified the Baby Case as a homicide investigation. That procedural step is what allowed them to launch the search of the landfill.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.