ME AYLA REYNOLDS: Missing from Waterville, ME - 16 Dec 2011 - Age 20 months

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Ayla was last seen when her father, Justin DiPietro, put her to bed at her home on Violette Avenue in Waterville, Maine at 8:00 p.m. on December 16, 2011. She apparently vanished during the night and has never been seen again. Her father called the police at 8:50 the next morning.

DiPietro, his sister, his girlfriend and the women's two children were at the residence all night the night Ayla disappeared. Authorities maintain the baby's father has not been cooperative with the investigation and they believe the adults who were in the home that night are withholding information.

Investigators found Ayla's blood in the multiple places in DiPietro's home, including her first-floor bedroom and his basement bedroom, which is where he slept that night with his girlfriend and her child. His sister and his sister's child slept on the first floor.

Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, was in a ten-day substance abuse treatment program when her daughter disappeared. The day before Ayla went missing, Trista had filed for sole custody. Ayla had been placed with her father by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) two months prior to her disappearance. DiPietro did not know about Trista's custody bid.

In April 2012, police found some unspecified items of interest behind the Hathaway Creative Center in the Kennebec River, about a mile from DiPietro's home. May 2012, nearly six months after Ayla vanished, authorities publicly stated they believed she was dead, but did not believe she had been abducted.

Ayla was declared legally dead in 2017; the court recorded that she had died around the time she was reported missing. In December 2018, seven years after her disappearance, Trista filed a wrongful death suit against DiPietro. Although the suit seeks unspecified monetary damages, she stated the real goal of it was to get answers as to what happened to Ayla and to recover her body.

DiPietro maintained his innocence in his daughter's case and stated he has no idea where she is. He didn't respond to the wrongful death suit until May 2019; before then, his whereabouts had been unknown. In his response to Trista's filing, DiPietro said he was innocent of any wrongdoing in Ayla's disappearance and the blood in his house was from one time when she was sick.

No one has been named as a suspect in Ayla's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.


NCMEC - http://www.missingkids.org/poster/NCMC/1185956/1/screen

Charley Project - http://charleyproject.org/case/ayla-bell-reynolds

NamUs - https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/14950?nav



Media - https://www.crimewatchers.net/media...ville-me-since-16-dec-2011-age-20-months.275/
 
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Eight-year anniversary of Ayla Reynold's disappearance

Eight years ago, on December 17, 2011, 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds of Waterville was reported missing. She was the daughter of Trista Reynolds and Justin DiPietro.

Her case became the largest criminal investigation ever conducted by the Maine State Police.

Ayla went missing while in the custody of her father.

DiPietro claimed that she must have been taken while she was sleeping.
 

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Missing toddler’s blood was from when she was sick, attorney for Ayla Reynolds’ father says

His lawyer Michael Waxman says DiPietro is still upset about what happened.

“Every single day he thinks about this,” Waxman said. “Every single day upon waking, and it’s probably the last thought he has before falling asleep. He desperately frustrated as well.”

The wrongful death lawsuit alleges DiPietro didn’t do all he could to help Ayla when she broke her arm in his custody.

“He wouldn’t have allowed his daughter to continue to be in pain,” Waxman said. “He brought her as soon as he realized he needed to, the next day.”

Police reports state Ayla’s blood was found in multiple places in DiPietro’s Waterville home, including her bedroom and DiPietro’s bedroom.

His lawyer says that blood is from when Ayla was sick.

“Apparently, it’s not uncommon that if a child, or a person, is vomiting repeatedly, for some blood to be in the vomit,” Waxman said. “That’s the only explanation I’m aware of.”

He says DiPietro also wants answers for what happened, but says there might not be any.

“The fact that he doesn’t have the answers she seeks, doesn’t mean that he is guilty of causing his child’s death,” Waxman said.
 

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Going to follow this one moving forward. Is there enough evidence for the wrongful death suit to be successful? Does he have any known cases of child abuse or neglect? Will anyone else in the house that night come forward with the truth? If she was placed in the river where they found some "items of interest", she may never be found. :(
 

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Missing toddler’s blood was from when she was sick, attorney for Ayla Reynolds’ father says

His lawyer Michael Waxman says DiPietro is still upset about what happened.

“Every single day he thinks about this,” Waxman said. “Every single day upon waking, and it’s probably the last thought he has before falling asleep. He desperately frustrated as well.”

The wrongful death lawsuit alleges DiPietro didn’t do all he could to help Ayla when she broke her arm in his custody.

“He wouldn’t have allowed his daughter to continue to be in pain,” Waxman said. “He brought her as soon as he realized he needed to, the next day.”

Police reports state Ayla’s blood was found in multiple places in DiPietro’s Waterville home, including her bedroom and DiPietro’s bedroom.

His lawyer says that blood is from when Ayla was sick.

“Apparently, it’s not uncommon that if a child, or a person, is vomiting repeatedly, for some blood to be in the vomit,” Waxman said. “That’s the only explanation I’m aware of.”

He says DiPietro also wants answers for what happened, but says there might not be any.

“The fact that he doesn’t have the answers she seeks, doesn’t mean that he is guilty of causing his child’s death,” Waxman said.
Oh give me a break. Vomiting blood repeatedly, common when children are sick? A broken arm with a 20 month old? Some cases I think they should just take what they have after a certain amount of time and give it their best try. Poor baby.
 

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