Apr 16, 2012 6:19 AM

Mom of AZ baby missing since '09 to be in court

PHOENIX (AP) - The mother of an Arizona baby missing for more than two years is set for a court appearance on Monday.

Twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth Johnson has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse, kidnapping and custodial interference in the case of her missing son, 8-month-old Gabriel.

Johnson has been jailed without bond since January 2010, a month after her son disappeared in Texas.

Johnson first said she smothered her Gabriel and put him in the trash. She later recanted and said she gave the baby to a couple in San Antonio, Texas.

The baby has never been found and police still don't know if he's dead or alive.

Johnson had been declared mentally unfit for trial but a psychologist said in December that she is now competent.


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