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No trial for woman in murder of son, 12

A. Robertson

Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer woman charged with strangling her 12-year-old son to death will not face trail after being found mentally unfit.

Amy Marie Robertson was charged with the aggravated murder of her son, Caden Berry, on Saturday, Jan. 14. Robertson was being held without bail at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

In April, Judge Lindsey Partridge ordered a psychiatric evaluation on Robertson’s fitness to stand trial. On May 1, Partridge ordered the evaluation sealed and remanded Robertson to Oregon State Hospital.

The order signed by Partridge states that Robertson is a danger to herself or the community and that the supervision and services required are unavailable in the community.

Robertson will be confined to the hospital until she regains the capacity to stand trial or a maximum of three years. Within 60 days, hospital staff will need to report whether there is a substantial probability of her ever regaining her capacity. The hospital superintendent will have to submit a progress report to the court at least once every six months while she is there.

All other proceedings have been suspended.

After her arrest Robertson was charged with aggravated murder, murder by abuse and two counts of criminal mistreatment in the first degree.

Keizer Police Department officers were summoned to an apartment at 175 Garland Way North about 12:45 p.m.

Robertson was discovered outside the apartment waving her hands and screaming. Caden was found unresponsive under a blanket inside.

Two days later, an autopsy determined the boy had been strangled to death.