Ayla Reynolds- Maine- 2011 Jan 28, 2014 9:31:38 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 28, 2014 9:31:38 GMT -5
Ayla Reynolds was a breaking news missing child case that was aired during the first month of AMW's Lifetime season.
The following is what his been claimed in the wikipedia entry on the case:
"Ayla had been sent for a stay with her father, Justin DiPietro, by her mother and primary caretaker, Trista Reynolds. Trista had sent Ayla to stay with her mother while Reynolds attended a substance abuse recovery program, but social workers removed Ayla from her grandmother's care and placed her with DiPietro. She was reported missing from her bed on December 17, 2011. According to DiPietro and police, the last time he saw Ayla, she was wearing green polka dot pajamas with "Daddy's Princess" written across them, along with a soft cast on her left arm. There were two people besides DiPietro in the house at the time of Ayla's disappearance - his girlfriend Courtney Roberts, and his sister Alisha DiPietro.
A news conference was held by state police in May 2012 to discuss recent developments in the case, such as the discovery of blood in her father's house and the number of people who were present at the time of her disappearance. The blood was confirmed to be more than a cupful of Ayla's blood, adjacent to DiPietro's bed. The only comment state investigators made at the time of discovery was made was that it was 'more blood than a small cut would produce.'"
It was later reported that DiPietro had taken a two-hour road trip before reporting Ayla missing, and that DiPietro had also taken out a life-insurance policy on Ayla's life.
Following Ayla's disappearence, a reward of $30,000 for information leading to her safe return was posted by various Waterville businesses. The reward generated approximately 1,200 leads, many of them from psychics, none of which lead to the discovery of any information regarding Ayla.
DiPietro did not speak about his daughter's disappearance for almost three weeks after the story broke. As a result, Ayla's mother accused him of having something to hide.
DiPietro, his brother Lance, and a mutual friend collaborated with the Laura Recovery Center to produce tshirts, buttons, flyers, and other goods to spread awareness of the disappearance.
Nearly a full year later, in October 2012, police trawled Messalonskee Stream a second time to look for Ayla's remains, when construction workers repairing a bridge artificially lowered the water level in the stream. Nothing was found."
In October 2013 Justin DiPietro was arrested on an unrelated domestic charge.
Just three days ago, 35 protesters gathered outside the Waterville, Maine police station to demand an arrest in the case, and many online advocates are pressing for the prosecution of DiPietro.
Thoughts? Sad to say, I don't have too much hope she's alive based on the discovery of her blood. I always hate being suspicious or critical of a parent in a missing child case, except in cases where I feel the parent has not done enough or has not been completely cooperative. DiPietro has not seemed always forthcoming and it really bothers me that he took out a life insurance policy right before her disappearance. And it also bothers me that multiple blood spots were allegedly found in his home, and according to a CNN article, in DiPietro's car seat.
I understand it's hard to prosecute without a body, but one could make the argument a good circumstantial case could be made, in my opinion.
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