- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman was charged Tuesday in the strangulation death of her 12-year-old son.

Amy Marie Robertson was arraigned, charged with aggravated murder and ordered to be jailed without bail.

Robertson, 38, was arrested Saturday at her Keizer home after a neighbor pulled back a blanket and found Robertson’s son Caden Berry unresponsive in the home, The Statesman Journal reported (https://goo.gl/nUcz0O).

Robertson’s neighbor, Brenda King, 65, told the newspaper she had just stepped out of the shower Saturday when one of her neighbors asked for help to calm down a panicked Robertson in the yard.

King said she tried to console Robertson, asking what was wrong.

“She said ‘I’m just thinking about my son that died, and I thought she was talking about the one who died in 2011,” King said.

One of Robertson’s sons, Colby, died by suicide in 2011 at age 12, the newspaper reported.

Eventually, Robertson told King her son was inside the house with a blanket over his head.

King entered, thinking maybe Caden was hiding under a blanket, but found him deceased.

While King talked with 911 dispatchers, she said Robertson walked to a neighbor to ask for a cigarette.

King said Robertson stood outside the apartment complex, smoking, until paramedics and police arrived.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the child died from asphyxiation due to strangulation.

Keizer police have no record of receiving reports of abuse at Robertson’s home, but Coos Bay police assisted the state Department of Human Services in May of last year in an incident involving Robertson, a police report shows.

The agency, which is in charge of child welfare services, is opening a review of its actions with Roberston.

“I am exercising my discretion to declare a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to review this incident and the circumstances leading to his death,” agency director Clyde Saiki said in a statement Tuesday.

Under Oregon law, critical incident response teams are assembled when a child dies in state care or if the child had been part of a protective services assessment in the year before he or she died.

The boy’s death also remains under investigation by law enforcement.

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