Mother of 'Baby Gabriel' released from jail

Elizabeth Johnson walked out of the door at the Lower Buckeye jail on Thursday morning after she spent 20 days behind bars for a probation violation.

- Elizabeth Johnson walked out of the door at the Lower Buckeye jail on Thursday morning after she spent 20 days behind bars for a probation violation.

She had nothing to say to the cameras.

Carrying a brown bag she'd use to try and cover her face, the 29-year-old mother of a boy who's been missing for six years, walked quickly back into freedom.

"Any comment for the people, Elizabeth?"

Not a word, as she got into a taxi and drove away from the jail. That cab driver later told Fox 10 that he dropped her off at the parking lot next door where her husband was waiting to pick her up.

"She's taking her lumps," said Marc Victor, Johnson's attorney. "You heard her in court saying she screwed up. She made a mistake and she feels bad about it."

Victor said last week that Johnson was sorry that she violated her probation. She had traveled from her home in New Mexico to visit a friend in Arizona, which was a move that was against the rules and landed her back behind bars.

In 2012, Johnson was found guilty for custodial interference, stemming from the disappearance of her 8-month-old son. 

She initially told Gabriel's father she had killed the boy, but later changed her story, saying she gave him to a couple in San Antonio.

Gabriel has not been seen since.

After serving her four-and-a-half years then and her 20 days today, her lawyer hopes this will be her last time spending any time behind bars.

"She's bright, and she's somebody who I believe can make a contribution to society," he said.

Johnson will have to wear a GPS tracking device and serve another four-year probation term.


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