The mother of missing Indiana baby, Amiah Robertson, was arrested over the weekend, as investigators continue to search for the infant.
According to Fox 59, Marion County police arrested Amber Robertson on Saturday and charged her with child neglect resulting in bodily injury. The charge is connected to the disappearance of then 8-month-old Amiah, who hasn’t been seen in three years.
A Marion County grand jury indicted Amber Robertson after she “knowingly placed her 8-month-old daughter Amiah Robertson in a situation that endangered her life or health, and/or ‘abandoned or cruelly confined’ the girl, and/or deprived her of ‘necessary support’ which resulted in serious bodily injury,” court records state.
Amber’s boyfriend, Robert Lyons, was also indicted by a grand jury on neglect charges, CBS 13 reports. So far, he has not been located and IMPD continues to search for him.
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As CrimeOnline previously reported, the last time Amiah was seen “alive and well” was with Lyons on March 9, 2019, off of the 200 block of South Holmes in Indianapolis. He was driving a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo in “poor condition,” according to IMPD Detective Jean Burkett.
During the same day, Lyons, who was dating Amber Robertson at the time, was spotted in the areas of Rockville Road and Mickley Avenue for “an extended period of time.”
Lyons reportedly stayed out until around 10 p.m. on March 9, 2019, then returned home to Amber Robertson without the baby. Robertson said she gave Lyons permission to drop off the baby at the babysitter’s home, with the assumption she would be picked up the following day.
The babysitter said no one brought Amiah over at all that day.
When investigators questioned Lyons, he gave them several locations to search, claiming the baby could there. A few of the locations, according to authorities, didn’t even exist. The other locations were searched thoroughly but police found no sign of the baby.
Robertson didn’t report Amiah missing until March 16, 2019, and initially said she last saw the baby on March 14. Detectives said the timeline change was “very concerning.”
Robertson told police that she didn’t initially think Amiah was in danger. After an argument with Lyons, however, Roberston said she feared for her daughter’s safety once he started taunting her about the baby’s whereabouts.
Robertson told NBC 5 in 2019 that she was receiving constant threats since Amiah’s disappearance. She vowed to continue searching for the baby regardless.
“Every day I get online to find out that everyone is sitting and saying that I don’t care for my daughter, I don’t cry over my daughter. That I don’t have love for my daughter the way I should or I don’t care about my daughter,” Robertson told the outlet.
“I get threatened that I’m going to be protested at my job. Protested at houses that I’m at. I get threatened that I’m going to get beat up, whatever the case may be and this isn’t how it should be. This is a 1-year-old that is missing that would love to be home gets no help from people because they waste their time bashing me.”
Anyone with any information on Amiah is urged to contact the IMPD Missing Persons Office at 317- 327-6160 or the Homicide Office at 317- 327-3475. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
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