Imagine seeing a young mother with her very young infant at an airport. The mother looks tired and perhaps a bit frazzled, as are many new moms and as are many air travelers.
Now, can you imagine that instead of offering consolation, a helping hand, or an ear...instead you ask if she'll let you adopt her infant child?
This is what Tammi Peters Smith says she did when she first laid eyes on Elizabeth Johnson, 23. Smith, who has been described as living in North Tempe with her husband Jack and owning a colon hydrotherapy practice with several locations around the Valley says that neither Elizabeth or her the baby's father, Logan McQueary, 25, wanted the child, though she also claims that from the first time she asked to adopt the baby she was told Logan would not sign papers.
Smith also she and her husband had temporary guardianship of the boy in late November and early December for about 10 to 12 days while the couple was deciding what to do. The paperwork, however, was not court-issued. She says she is the "duped" party because she believes the child - now missing - was given to another couple.
Logan says it's not true that he wanted his son adopted and says Smith was extorting them
In the meantime, Logan has been granted custody of the missing child and Elizabeth charged with custodial interference. She has invoked her right to remain silent and refused to say what happened to the child.
However, it has been reported that she sent Logan a text saying she killed the child and ten sent another sent that wasn't true.
Smith said she and her husband spoke to Johnson and tried to coax her to return, but had little luck. They cooperated with police, but didn't offer any information on where Gabriel might be.
Despite all of the conflicting information, the Arizona Republic titled the story "Mother of missing baby wanted to give child up for adoption" in an obvious attempt to garner the sensationalism of the Casey and Caylee Anthony case in which the mother also allegedly considered adoption at some point in time. It would just fit the pro-adoption industry to be able to say that when mothers think about adoption and then don't, their hcildren are at increased risk for harm.
I also love Smith painting her self as the victim, when she may have pushed this mother to do - or even consider - things she never otherwise made any effort to pursue. So much for "voluntary" relinquishment!
Note to the general public: Supermarkets are other good places to find exhausted, stressed-out and frustrated moms! Stroll the aisles and maybe you too can find a mother so overwhelmed at the moment you can pressure her to give you custody of her child! Be prepared: Carry custody papers with you at all times so you can be there at just the right moment to swoop in on a mother in her worst, most vulnerable moment.
Coincidentally, Jason Dolski pleaded guilty Monday to two charges for his role in an illegal adoption last year after reaching a plea agreement. Jason Dolski and his wife, Bobbi Jo Dolski, offered Amanda Zblewski money for her child but never paid her. Zblewski, who will serve 12 months of probation for her role, testified in August that she planned to put the child up for adoption through Lutheran Social Services, but thought allowing Jason Dolski to sign the birth certificate as the father was a legal way to adopt the child.
"I took a child without legally adopting the child," Dolski said when asked whether he understood what he would be pleading guilty to. "I promised to pay money for the child."
Note to public: Bobbi Jo Dolski had the biological father sign a form she printed from a Web site that purportedly terminated his parental rights. How convenient!
The child's biological father also believed the adoption was legal.
UPDATE: Elizabeth Johnson now says that she gave the baby to a Texas couple wh approached her in a park. Asked why she would tell Logan McQueary she had killed Gabriel, Johnson said for revenge.
“He had ruined my life,” Johnson said. “He hurt me and I wanted to hurt him and that was the only thing I could say that would hurt him.”“I was emotionally a wreck and was completely out of my mind and just upset,” she said.
The baby's father, who never conmsented to the adoption of his son, said: “I want them to know he has a loving family here and to bring him back, or call. Call somebody and even if they don’t want to get in trouble, just take him somewhere so somebody can find him.”
Sadly, however, he may get caught in the Putative Father Registry game.