Arizona

Oct 18, 2012 7:00 PM

Ariz. woman guilty of imprisonment in baby case

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman has been convicted of unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance nearly three years ago of her infant son.

The Maricopa County jury returned the verdict Thursday against 26-year-old Elizabeth Johnson in the December 2009 disappearance of her then-8-month-old son, Gabriel.

Johnson also was found guilty of custodial interference and conspiracy to commit custodial inference. Jurors couldn't reach a verdict on the most serious charge, kidnapping.

They deliberated for about a day and a half.

Authorities say Johnson told the boy's father that she killed the child and dumped him in a trash bin in San Antonio, Texas. But they say she later recanted and told police she gave the baby to a couple at a San Antonio park. She never provided the couple's names.

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