PHOENIX – A Scottsdale woman who wanted to adopt an Arizona baby missing for more than a month has been released from a Phoenix jail.
Tammi Smith was interviewed at Tempe police headquarters Tuesday and later booked into Maricopa County jail on charges of custodial interference, conspiracy to commit custodial interference and forgery.
Lt. Mike Horn says the charges stem from the 37-year-old Smith's repeated and apparently desperate attempts to adopt 8-month-old Gabriel Johnson, not from the boy's Dec. 26 disappearance in San Antonio.
As she was leaving jail, Smith told reporters the Tempe Police Department is trying to create a case. Smith says it doesn't mean those charges leveled against her "are going to stick. Doesn't mean those charges are true."