Ariz. woman pleads not guilty in missing baby case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Scottsdale woman implicated in a missing baby case has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 37-year-old Tammi Smith entered her pleas Thursday after being indicted earlier this month. She remains free on $15,000 bond.

Police in suburban Tempe arrested Smith on Feb. 2 on suspicion of trying to pressure the father of 9-month-old Gabriel Johnson into signing over his parental rights so she and her husband could adopt the baby. Smith was released from jail the next day and has denied any involvement in the baby's disappearance.

Meanwhile, police in San Antonio are searching a landfill for the baby's body. The boy's 23-year-old mother told Tempe police that she drove with the baby to San Antonio in late December, stayed about a week, then took a bus to Florida without him. Elizabeth Johnson remains jailed in Phoenix and has refused to talk to investigators about what happened to her baby.

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