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Mother Files Lawsuit in Case of Missing Toddler Ayla Reynolds

The announcement of a wrongful death lawsuit came on the seventh anniversary of the date 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father Justin DiPietro

What to Know

  • The mother of Ayla Reynolds has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of finding out what happened to her 20-month-old daughter.
  • Reynolds' mother and her mother's attorney announced details of the lawsuit, accusing the child's father of causing Reynolds' death.
  • State police have long believed Ayla Reynolds is dead, and the investigation remains open.

The mother of a toddler whose disappearance prompted the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history is filing a lawsuit in the hopes of unearthing more details about the girl's disappearance.

The announcement Monday came on the seventh anniversary of the date 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father in Waterville.

Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, has blamed the father, Justin DiPietro, for the toddler's death. But the body has never been found and no charges have been filed.

Reynolds and her attorney announced details of a lawsuit alleging that DiPietro caused Ayla's death. They hope depositions will help solve the case.

Efforts to reach DiPietro were unsuccessful.

Ayla was last seen wearing pajamas with the words "Daddy's Princess" on them.

State police have long believed she's dead. The investigation remains open. A probate judge formally declared her legally dead in 2017.

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