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Mom's Boyfriend Charged in Death of 19-Month-Old Cal City Girl

Ameriah Roberson died of a head injury and her body was dumped in an abandoned grain elevator in Riverdale.

Ameriah Roberson, 19 months | Family photo
Ameriah Roberson, 19 months | Family photo

Police have charged a man in connection with the death of a 19-month-old Calumet City girl who was reported missing Sunday — but found later that day dead in an abandoned grain elevator.

Ameriah Roberson was being babysat by her mother's boyfriend, James Harris, 23, at a home on Chicago's South Side Sunday. He told the girl's mother, 23-year-old Jocelyn Roberson, that he looked away and she was gone, her grandmother, Bernadette Madison, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

NBC Chicago reports that the boyfriend left the girl unattended in her car seat near 35th and Rhodes Avenue.

"Yesterday, when things began to unravel, I even noticed ... there were some loopholes in his story," Madison said.

"Who would do something to a defenseless baby?" Madison said. "If there was a problem, if there was crying, this individual has my number, you've been to my home on numerous occasions ... this did not have to be."

Investigators have not said how they believe Harris killed the child.

The Cook County Medical Examiner said the child died of a "closed-wound head injury." The body was found at about 3:25 p.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene near the 14000 block of South Normal Avenue in Riverdale at about 7 p.m.

The child was reported missing about 2 hours after her body was discovered.
Ambra T. March 20, 2014 at 02:55 PM
@Tom Resse: Just your people will make more...sit down, history shows the real savages, did you forget? Don't take one bad person's actions and place it on one race. Sit down. Get and education and remember who the original savage is, by the way your comment suggests that a certain race is sub-human which has also been a part of history and present bias
RDH53 March 20, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Why do these women have to have boyfriends? And why do the husbands allow their wives to have boyfriends?
Beege Marshall March 20, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Laura et al ...... This is NOT the forum for the issue of abortion. Oh Gawd ....... how OLD are you ?? How much life experience have you had/lived ?? Take a General Biology course, and better, also an Anatomy and Physiology course if you need to figure out when "a human is a human"..... it's called "viability". Look up "viable"......able to survive outside the womb. "Who am I to decide" ? Well, I've spent my entire life around medicine. In addition to that mini medical course I just gave on viability, there are 7 doctors in my family so far, 8th "to be" in pre med, and ALL of those, male and female, believe each woman and her doctor are the only ones to decide the individual circumstances she is facing ....... not YOU or anyone else !!! In addition reread my own "story" above about my own life threatening pregnancy. I "walked the walk". No one could decide for ME ..... NO ONE !!!! And that includes YOU !!!
art March 21, 2014 at 07:39 AM
rdh53,if the father sticks around baby mama won't get the welfare ,link,and section 8 checks.
Brian James March 22, 2014 at 02:50 AM
This is a true tragedy; on a side note, it is sad to see all of the goose-steppers trying to make this about something other than a child being murdered.

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