A witness revealed that missing 8-month-old Amiah Robertson had bruises on her face before she disappeared three years ago.
Amiah disappeared in Indianapolis on March 9, 2019 after her mother, Amber Robertson, 23, gave the child to her then-boyfriend Robert Lyons, 23.
Lyons was supposed to drop Amiah off with a babysitter, Robertson told police at the time. The babysitter reportedly watched Amiah before she went missing.
A woman who claimed to know Amiah’s final days firsthand told FOX59 that she saw the child, Robertson, Lyons, and the babysitter at the Ramada by Wyndham Hotel in Indianapolis.
According to witnesses, the group left a Pack-n-Play and a child car seat when they checked out of a vandalized hotel room.
She also said she saw a camera that had an image of Amiah lying on a bed with her eyes closed and bruises on the left side of her face.
A neighbor of the babysitter captured Robertson and two men on her home surveillance system when Amiah disappeared.
Debbie Howard told WTHR: “I saw them pull up. They drove back to that dumpster. Then they drove around a bit and they parked here and then they called 911,” referring to the video.
“I don’t know what evidence [the police] took my cameras off but they had them for about four weeks.”
Amiah was last seen with Lyons “alive and well” around 1:15 p.m. on March 9, Detective Jean Burkert said back in 2019.
Around 10 p.m. that evening, Lyons returned to Robertson’s home “alone, without Amiah,” Burkert added.
Her mother, who is caring for three other children and is currently pregnant, reported Amiah missing on March 16.
In a 2019 interview with WTHR, Roberston said she remembered Lyons saying he and his friends used to stay at a house near White River.
Robertson said she found items that belonged to Amiah and Lyons while looking around the area.
The dive team “discovered some items that may be related to the case, but that’s inconclusive at this time,” Sergeant Jim Gillespie said.
Burkert said at the time, however, investigators took away items belonging to her on the banks of Eagle Creek, less than a mile from where Amiah was last seen.
“All I can do is sit down and think about things that my daughter loves,” Robertson said.
The babysitter’s home where Amiah was allegedly dropped off is now deserted.
Howard, who lives across from the abandoned house, has thought of the child every day for the past three years.
“She was a beautiful baby. My heart bleeds for this baby,” Howard said. “I thought they gave up.”
“I feel for her. I just wish they would find her,” Howard added.
WILD GOOSE CHASE
In 2019, police said Lyon had given them several places where Amiah “should have been,” but when they checked, she was nowhere to be found.
Some of the places Lyon told them about never existed.
Police added that Lyons “taunted” Robertson about where her daughter might be.
“Obviously, pursuing theories, pursuing what people believe happened, requires a tremendous amount of resources and a tremendous amount of time from our detectives,” deputy chief Kendale Adams said Monday.
Police Chief Bryan Roach said in 2019: “We are frustrated and frankly angry at misinformation and a lack of information and a lack of cooperation from those closest to us.”
“This is an 8 month old and I think we would all agree that someone would know the whereabouts,” Roach added.
“One of them knows something”
Another neighbor, Tammy Beatty, told WTHR that she was suspicious of everyone involved in the case.
“I think they all played a role in the baby’s disappearance. I wish they would find her body so we could put her to rest. I think she died,” she said.
“I just want closure for this,” Beatty continued. “She’s an innocent little baby who was in a bad situation. I think they have to pay for it.”
Beatty added: “I know one of them knows something that happened in that house over there. It’s with the babysitter or the boyfriend or mom.”
In a 2019 interview, Beatty told WTHR, “She’s not even my baby, but she feels like my baby because she’s only 8 months old.”
Robertson appeared in court Tuesday after being charged with four counts of neglect.
She pleaded not guilty and was assigned a public defender after telling the court that she had no assets, no job and could not afford a lawyer.
Lyons, who turned himself in, is also facing the same charges and is being held in the adult detention center.
The babysitter is expected to testify at the upcoming trial, which is set to begin in November.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6223606/8-month-old-vanished-three-years-ago-update/ Shocking twist in the disappearance of 8-month-old Amiah Robertson, who disappeared 3 years ago, when a witness revealed chilling details