The search for an 8-month-old Indiana baby continues, a little over two months after her mother reported her missing.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the FBI is assisting Indianapolis authorities in the search for Amiah Roberton, an infant girl reported missing March 16. According to the baby’s mother, Amber Robertson, Amiah was supposedly last seen off of the 200 block of South Holmes Avenue in Indianapolis, at a babysitter’s home.
Robertson allegedly said she hadn’t seen her baby since March 14, but didn’t report her missing until March 16 because she thought the baby was safe. Robertson said she didn’t think Amiah was in danger until she got into an argument with her boyfriend, Robert Lyons, who reportedly made threatening comments that made her believe something had happened to the baby.
According to detectives, however, the last time Amiah was seen “alive and well” was with Lyons on March 9, at the South Holmes Avenue residence. He was driving a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo in “poor condition,” according to IMPD Detective Jean Burkett. Authorities also revealed that although Robertson initially claimed she saw the baby on March 14, she actually last saw Amiah around a week prior.
Police said Lyons stayed out until around 10 p.m. on March 9, then returned to Robertson alone, without the baby. Robertson said he gave Lyons permission to drop off the baby at the babysitter’s home, with the assumption she would be picked up the following day. This never happened. Instead, Lyons supposedly began taunting the mother about the baby’s whereabouts.
Search continues for a #MISSING 8-month-old baby, last seen in Indianapolis, #Indiana. Amiah Robertson was reported missing on Saturday, two days after her mother told authorities she was last seen.https://t.co/hhAs1f9QO2
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) March 22, 2019
Lyons also reportedly told police several locations where the infant may be. A few of the locations, according to authorities, didn’t even exist. The other locations were searched thoroughly but police found no signs of Amiah.
Police have searched the babysitter’s home, inside and outside, on numerous occasions. The woman’s husband, Barry Browning, said his wife wasn’t a regular babysitter, according to WISH, and that their home had been turned “into a circus” and his wife had been labeled a “baby killer” by several people.
“My wife (met Amiah) for the first time at the end of February,” he said. “I saw that little girl one time…..We ain’t done nothing. Leave us alone.”
Browning added that although authorities conducted a number of searches, nothing was found because they have nothing to hide.
“The police kicked us out of our house, told us we had to leave. Then the next day they dug up my yard and found nothing looking for that baby,” Browning said in early May, according to WIBC. “The warrant didn’t even have an address on it. They could have used it at anyone’s house.”
While Lyons is considered a suspect in Amiah’s disappearance, Robertson is fully cooperating, according to police, and is not considered a suspect at this time. No one has been charged in connection with Amiah’s disappearance.
Amiah has blue eyes, brown hair, and weighs around 16 pounds.
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]