‘Persons of interest’ named in missing baby case

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PHOENIX (AP) — Police in the Phoenix metropolitan area say a couple from Scottsdale, Ariz., who wanted to adopt a young mother’s baby may know more about the missing child’s whereabouts than they’re telling investigators.

Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal said Thursday that Jack and Terri Smith are now “persons of interest” in the investigation into the disappearance of 8-month-old Gabriel Johnson.

The boy had been missing for nearly three weeks. He was last seen in San Antonio in December with his 23-year-old mother, Elizabeth Johnson.

Johnson was arrested last week in Florida on suspicion of custodial interference after she didn’t show up for a custodial hearing.

She has since told a Phoenix television station that she gave the boy away in San Antonio.