Robert Lyons Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Neglect in Amiah Robertson Case

Robert Lyons, former boyfriend of Amber Robertson, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the 2019 disappearance of 8-month-old Amiah Robertson. Lyons pleaded guilty to the charge, but has not provided information about Amiah's whereabouts.

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Robert Lyons Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Neglect in Amiah Robertson Case

Robert Lyons Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Neglect in Amiah Robertson Case

On Friday, Robert Lyons, the former boyfriend of Amber Robertson, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, with 10 years executed, for neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the 2019 disappearance of 8-month-old Amiah Robertson in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lyons pleaded guilty to the charge last month, with three lesser counts being dropped as part of his plea agreement.

Why this matters: This case highlights the devastating consequences of neglect and abuse, particularly in cases involving vulnerable individuals like children. It also underscores the importance of holding accountable those entrusted with the care and well-being of others, and the need for justice and closure forfamilies affected by such tragedies.

Amiah Robertson disappeared on March 9, 2019, and her mother reported her missing a week later. Despite an extensive search, the baby's remains have never been found. Lyons was the last person to see Amiah alive at a home on South Holmes Avenue. He was supposed to drop her off with a babysitter but failed to do so.

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors cited Lyons' criminal history and the fact that he was given care and custody of Amiah before her apparent death as aggravating factors. The state had asked for the maximum sentence of 16 years, with 4 years suspended. The defense pointed to Lyons' history of substance abuse, tough childhood, and his decision to plead guilty as mitigating factors for a lighter sentence.

The judge ultimately decided that the aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating factors, stating that Lyons had caused"significant" harm to Amiah and her family. In addition to the prison time, Lyons was given credit for time already served and will serve 6 years suspended, along with 3 years of probation, substance abuse and mental health evaluation andtreatment.

A key piece of evidence found in the case was baby clothes soaked in Amiah's blood at the babysitter's house on South Holmes Avenue. In April 2019, police searched the backyard with cadaver dogs but were unable to locate her body. Despite pleading guilty, Lyons has not provided any information about Amiah's whereabouts. "The one question we all want the answer to is: Where's Amiah?" said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Linda Majors.

Amber Robertson, Amiah's mother, faces the same neglect charges as Lyons and is scheduled to go on trial in June. Lyons had another opportunity to provide information about Amiah's disappearance before the judge handed down the sentence, but he did not reveal any additional details. "The fact that there hasn't been additional information that could be provided reflects upon how much responsibility he is actually taking," stated Marion Superior Court Judge Marie Kern.