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Mother of missing baby released from prison; Baby Gabriel still hasn't been found

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - An Arizona woman convicted in the 2009 disappearance of her young son was released from prison Friday without having ever provided authorities any details on the whereabouts of the missing boy.

Elizabeth Johnson was released from prison just after midnight -- free after being behind bars for more than four years.  Her attorney Marc J. Victor was by her side.

"We sat and chatted.. she was in very, very good spirits," he said.

Johnson's 8-month-old son, Gabriel, is still missing.  He disappeared in 2009 and police continue their search for the now 5-year-old boy.  Johnson first said she killed Gabriel, but later told police she gave him away to a couple at a park in Texas.

Cutting right to the chase, does Elizabeth know where Gabriel is?

"No," replied Victor.

At the time, Johnson was involved in a custody battle with the baby's father.  A jury convicted Johnson of custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment.

"Elizabeth believes that Gabriel is with a good family and is living a good life and she doesn't want to upset that for any reason," said Victor.

Johnson will be on probation or the next for the next four years.  According to records, back in April, Johnson asked the court to modify the terms of her probation.  She requested transfer of her probation to New Mexico to be reunited with her grandmother who will support her emotionally and financially.  The court granted her request, but Victor wouldn't tell us if his client is headed out of state.

"I don't think she's decided in terms of whether she's going to stay or go or if she did go, where she would go.  I think she's got lots of options," he said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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