Video may shed insight into Elizabeth Johnson case

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Superior Court recently released video to 3TV of a custody hearing between Elizabeth Johnson and Logan McQueary regarding their then 7-month-old son Gabriel.

The hearing occurred December 17, 2009, just one day before Johnson allegedly fled Arizona with baby Gabriel.
During the hearing, both Johnson and McQueary agreed to joint custody of Gabriel, but each complained about the other’s ability to be a good parent.
“I would like to take care of the child so he’s in good hands,” said McQueary.
“The father has been in and out of jail,” said Johnson.
Superior Court Judge Michael McVey admonished both parents for using Gabriel to get back at each other.
“After today, don’t start using your child as a pawn on orders of protection,” he said. “You’re going to make your child’s life miserable. You need to knock it off, and quite frankly, I’m going to put it to you as bluntly as I can, it’s time for the two of you to grow up.”
Later during the hearing, the judge again warned the pair to stop playing games with their child.
“That will not play well with the judge, if either of you start engaging in those games,” he said.
Judge McVey structured a parenting plan for the pair, including assigning Christmas Eve that year to Johnson and Christmas day to McQueary.
According to court documents, the day after the hearing Johnson left town. Two days later she was in San Antonio, and December 26, 2009 would be the last time baby Gabriel was sighted.