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San Antonio Landfill Search for Missing Baby

San Antonio Landfill Search for Missing Baby

POSTED: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 11:02am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says
officers have begun excavating a landfill for evidence in the
disappearance of an 8-month-old boy.

McManus said Tuesday that authorities "remain hopeful that Baby
Gabriel is alive."

Gabriel Johnson was last seen with his 23-year-old mother,
Elizabeth Johnson, in San Antonio on Dec. 26. The Arizona woman was
arrested Dec. 30 in Florida and charged with kidnapping, child
abuse and custodial interference.

Police turned to the landfill after the mother allegedly sent a
text message to the father, saying their baby was dead. She later
retracted the comment.

McManus told a news conference that police are excavating a
section of the landfill believed to contain trash from a motel
where Johnson was last seen with her baby.

McManus on Saturday announced the case was being treated as a
homicide.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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