This is the story of Gabriel Johnson, an 8-month-old boy who has been missing from Tempe, Arizona since 2009. After a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel’s mother Elizabeth took him and fled to San Antonio, Texas. She first claims she killed the little boy but then changes her story and says she gave him away to a random couple at a park. To this day, no one knows where Gabriel is or if he’s even alive.

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Melissa Calusinski has been in prison since 2009 after being convicted of murdering a 16-month-old boy. New evidence shows that there might not have been a homicide after all. I went to Melissa’s recent evidentiary hearings for a new trial and learned some bombshell information that highlights the need for a retrial.

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It was January 14, 2009. A 16-month-old toddler named Benjamin Kingan died at a Lake County, Illinois daycare center. The cause of death was ruled a skull fracture and the manner of death a homicide. Melissa Calusinski, a 22-year-old Teacher’s Assistant at the daycare, was charged and ultimately convicted of his murder. Years later, new evidence was discovered that shows Ben may not have died from a skull fracture after all, and that his death may not have been a homicide.

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