At the outset, prosecutor Elisa Ramunno told jurors Johnson ran off to another state with the 8-month-old child because the baby's father, Logan McQueary, had broken up with her.
Ramunno said that the young mother had tried unsuccessfully to put her son up for adoption against his father's wishes.
Johnson wiped away tears when the prosecutor said Gabriel was part of his mother's game of retaliation.
Johnson's attorney, Marc Victor, said he won't dispute many facts and added that the case wasn't about whether jurors like his client.
"This case isn't about whether or not you like Elizabeth Johnson," Victor said. "It doesn't matter to me whether you like Elizabeth Johnson or not. My job is to do my best to get you to focus on the elements of the crimes charged."
Johnson's story has changed since the ordeal began.
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