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Elizabeth Johnson, mother of "Baby Gabriel," ruled fit to stand trial in his disappearance

Elizabeth Johnson, "Baby Gabriel"
KPHO
(CBS/KPHO) PHOENIX - The mother charged in the disappearance of her eight-month old son was declared fit to stand trial Wednesday

According to CBS affiliate KPHO, Baby Gabriel Johnson was last seen Dec. 27, 2009. His mother, Elizabeth Johnson, was charged with kidnapping, child abuse and custodial interference. But in September, a judge ruled her incompetent to stand trial.

PICTURES: Baby Gabriel Johnson Missing

In May, Crimesider reported that Johnson allegedly put Gabriel in her car and drove to Texas from their home in Phoenix before he disappeared. However, her stories about what happened after he arrived were "all over the map."

According to KPHO, the judge announced Johnson's trial would go forward after reading the psychiatrist's report saying that she was restored to competency.

Immediately afterward, KPHO learned that Johnson's legal team was withdrawing from the case, making them Johnson's third legal team to quit.

She will be assigned a public defender. The trial date has been set for January 6.

Complete coverage of the Baby Gabriel case on Crimesider

  • Crimesider Staff

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