The FBI is now assisting Indianapolis authorities in the search for 8-month-old Amiah Roberton, an infant girl who has been missing for around a week.
NBC 13 reports that investigators spent hours on Wednesday searching the Eagle Creek area, close to West McCarty and Sadie Streets in Indianapolis, following a tip. Although authorities declined to say who provided the tip, Amiah’s mother, Amber Robertson, reportedly told the outlet that she called the tip in after thinking about past conversations she had with her ex-boyfriend, Robert Lyons.
Robertson claimed that Lyons was the last person to have the baby and was supposed to drop the little girl at a babysitter’s house on March 14. The sitter claimed Lyons never showed up. Amiah was reported missing on March 16.
“All I can do is sit and think of things that my daughter loves,” Robertson told the outlet. “Robert, a long time ago, told me about 1907. That it was somewhere where he and his friends used to hang around and he drove me by here one time.”
“If you know where this child is, where Amiah is, give us a call.”
It’s been exactly one week since 8-month-old Amiah Robertson has been missing.
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Robertson said she went back to the area and found some of her daughter’s items there, and promptly called police. IMPD Sgt. Jim Gillespie acknowledged investigators found some items in the area, but said it’s too early to tell if the items are connected to the missing baby.
“They discovered some items that could be related to the case, however that is not conclusive at this time.”
Meanwhile, a security video obtained by police showed at least two or three people inside a blue pickup truck that pulled up to a dumpster near the babysitter’s house around the time Amiah was reported missing. Someone got out of the truck and walked toward the back of the vehicle. The truck eventually left the area. Investigators later determined that the truck had nothing to do with the case.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, IMPD said the infant was supposedly last seen off of the 200 block of South Holmes Avenue. Robertson allegedly said she hadn’t seen her baby since March 14, but didn’t report her missing until March 16 because the baby wasn’t initially believed to be in danger.
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Kayla Beatty, a neighbor who lives close to the home where Lyons was reportedly supposed to drop the baby off at, told WISH-TV she saw Robertson with Amiah at the residence on Friday.
“I definitely saw her Friday night around 9 p.m. [Amiah] had a short T-shirt on, probably some thin pajama pants, no jacket and it was cold. The mom was just holding her up [away from her body, instead of cradling her] and was speed walking with her.”
Police thoroughly searched the home where Amiah was supposedly last seen but didn’t find her.
According to jail records, Lyons was arrested on March 17 for criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of an accident.
Robertson’s father, Chuck, told reporters that Lyons hit his daughter with a car during a fight then fled the scene. Authorities haven’t confirmed the details of Lyons’ arrest.
“[Lyons] physically abused my daughter and it escalated to where he ran a car into her,” Chuck Robertson told WISH-TV. “He sideswiped her with the front of the car and took off.”
Witnesses reportedly said that the alleged fight may have occurred over Amiah’s paternity. Robertson said Lyons was not the biological father of Amiah. According to Beatty, however, Lyons had been calling himself Amiah’s father.
Police indicated that the case remains under investigation and they’re currently asking the public for any tips that can lead to the baby’s location, as they continue to make sense of the confusing story.
Amiah has blue eyes, brown hair, and weighs around 16 pounds.
Meanwhile, a Silver Alert issued for the baby has been canceled. Authorities said the alert wasn’t generating much tips and people were reaching out on social media or directly to IMPD instead.
Anyone with any information on Amiah is urged to contact 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.
[Feature Photo: Amiah Robertson/Handout]