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Grandfather makes heartfelt plea for his eight-month-old granddaughter to be returned home safe and sound

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/CNN) — Investigators in Indianapolis spent part of their Wednesday collecting items from a creek that were possibly linked to a missing eight-month-old child.

Detectives tell WISH-TV the child was not located in or near the water. They also say the items collected during the investigation had not yet been conclusively linked to the child’s disappearance.

“I hold that phone in my hand all day long just so I don’t miss a phone call,” Chuck Robertson said.

Robertson has been waiting for one call since 8-month-old Amiah was reported missing on Saturday.

“Somebody saying, ‘hey we found your granddaughter,” Robertson said.

Chuck is clinging to hope they’ll find his youngest grandchild alive. But the clock is ticking.

Chuck says he’s been awake for days along with his daughter Amber, Amiah’s mother.

“I think everybody’s really getting on her really hard,” Robertson said. “They’re putting a lot of pressure on amber. Amber’s only 19 years old, okay? 19-year-old single mother with two kids. She’s relying on family, friends. Family, friends do everything they can for her but she’s going through a lot of stuff right now.”

Chuck says he and Amber believe her boyfriend, Robert Lyons, may have had something to do with Amiah’s disappearance. Her family claims Robert didn’t want Amber talking to the baby’s biological father.

“He didn’t really like the idea of her being around anybody,” Robertson said. “He wanted to control her. And his anger issues and, you know, I don’t trust him.”

Robert Lyons was arrested over the weekend after an incident Chuck described as a domestic dispute at a motel. He’s in custody on preliminary charges unrelated to Amiah’s disappearance.

Investigators can’t confirm if they’ve questioned him about the baby or if they’re aware of what Amber told her family.

“She claims that he’s the one who took the baby,” Robertson said. “She says she doesn’t know what he done with her.”

As detectives comb through conflicting accounts of what might have happened, Chuck maintains he’s never changed his story and the only person he’s trying to protect is his granddaughter.

“This isn’t just a disappearing act. Somebody knows the truth,” Robertson said.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department tells WISH-TV the Silver Alert for Amiah was canceled at 10 p.m. Wednesday “due to very few tips coming in on that specific hotline.”

Meanwhile, Robert Lyons is expected to appear in court Thursday on charges of criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of an accident.

Officials have ordered Lyons not to contact Amber Robertson.

IMPD asked people with credible tips to call the missing persons division at 317-327-6160.


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