Father awarded custody of Baby Gabriel

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PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Superior Court judge awarded custody of a missing Tempe baby to the child's father on Friday.

Appearing in court for an evidentiary hearing Friday morning, Elizabeth Johnson, 23, cried and refused to answer any questions about where her son is or if he is alive. Gabriel has been missing for three months.

After hearing from Johnson and Gabriel's father, Logan McQueary, the judge took custody away from Johnson and granted sole legal custody to McQueary.

Johnson faces a variety of charges including custodial interference, child abuse and kidnapping.

Gabriel was 8 months old when he was last seen in late December in San Antonio, and police don't know whether he's alive. A search of a San Antonio landfill was completed earlier this month, but uncovered no clues as to what happened to the baby.

Johnson, who has not cooperated with police in the investigation, has told different stories, saying first the she killed Gabriel. She later said that she gave him to a San Antonio couple.

Police say Johnson drove the boy to San Antonio from Tempe, stayed about a week, then took a bus to Florida without him. She was arrested Dec. 30 in Florida and was extradited to Arizona.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about Gabriel Johnson is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST.