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Update: Mother Now in Custody, Second Arrest in Child Death in Merrill

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Update: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Amber Boyd in connection with the death of her child. 

Boyd's arrest is the second made in connection with the case.

Boyd was picked up Wednesday during a traffic stop in Merrill.


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after a six-month investigation into the death of a child.  

Police arrested Cody Robertson, 25, Wednesday morning in Merrill. He’s facing a charge of child neglect, causing death.

The Sheriff’s Office is also looking for Amber Boyd, 22, for a similar warrant.

Anyone with information to the whereabouts of Boyd is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County at 715-536-3726 or use the P3 App.

On November 12, 2020, Boyd called 911 saying “my baby isn’t breathing”. According to court documents, police found the child with bruises on the face, head, arms, and legs. Paramedics said it look like there was makeup concealer on the child.

An autopsy the next day found evidence of physical abuse as well as history of prior abuse. A toxicology report also revealed the presence of meth in child’s blood.

The autopsy also reported the baby had acute bronchiolitis and bronchopneumonia at the time of its death.

Police said they found meth in the bedroom closet of the room used by Boyd and Robertson.

According to court documents, Boyd admitted to police she had used meth two days before the child died. She also told police Robertson smoke meth the morning of the day the child died.

Robertson is in court Wednesday afternoon for an initial appearance.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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