Mom's boyfriend named as suspect in disappearance of 8-month-old baby

Amiah Robertson Amiah Robertson
Robert Lyons Robert Lyons

Indianapolis police say the search for a missing 8-month-old baby is being treated as a homicide investigation.

Chief Bryan Roach called a news conference Saturday and expressed frustration over a lack of cooperation from people who should be able to help authorities. He says he's "angry," a week after Amiah Robertson was reported missing by her family.

The chief says, "Somebody knows the whereabouts."

The mother's boyfriend, Robert Lyons, was last seen with Amiah on March 9. But her mother didn't report her missing until March 16. 

Police and volunteers have been searching along the White River in Indianapolis, based on certain items found along the bank.

Asked if he believes Amiah is alive, Lt. Bruce Smith says investigators "hope for the best" but can't ignore the fact that the baby can't take care of herself.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call IMPD Missing Person's detectives at 317-327-6160, 317-327-3811 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. 

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A week after an 8-month-old baby was reported missing in Indianapolis, her mother's boyfriend was named as a suspect in the newly classified "homicide investigation," police announced on Saturday.

Robert Lyons was last seen with Amiah Robertson on March 9 near Rockville Road and South Mickley Avenue. But, Amiah Robertson's mother, Amber Robertson, did not report her baby missing to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department until March 16, police said.

"We are frustrated and quite frankly angry because of misinformation and lack of information and lack of cooperation from those who are most closely involved," said Police Chief Bryan Roach in a statement before a press conference on Saturday.

 Amiah Robertson appears in this undated story released by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Roach announced that Lyons, the boyfriend of the baby's mother, is a suspect in what has been deemed a "homicide investigation," but is not being actively sought. Amber Robertson is not a suspect and is cooperating with police.

After days of hunting for the infant and receiving conflicting statements from family members, investigators had concerns for the welfare of the baby and issued a Silver Alert on March 19.

Items found on March 20 near the bank of White River belong to Amiah, police said. The police did not specify what the items were.

Police are asking for anyone, who saw a 1996 maroon Isuzu Rodeo SUV in "poor condition," to call the police tip's hotline 317-262-TIPS.