Ayla Reynolds' Mother Pushes for Justice - NECN

Ayla Reynolds' Mother Pushes for Justice



    Trista Reynolds shared information to NECN about what she says Maine State Police told her in January 2012 (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Amy Sinclair) - It's been nearly two years since 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds disappeared from her father's home in Waterville, Maine.

    The father, Justin DiPietro, nor anyone in the home at that time has been charged with a crime in this case.

    The child's mother, Trista Reynolds, says every day since Ayla disappeared has been a nightmare for her.

    In hopes of pushing police to file charges in the case, Reynolds plans to hold a news conference Wednesday to disclose what she says was shared with her by police in January 2012.

    On December 17, 2011, Trista Reynolds learned her 20-month-old daughter Ayla - then in Ayla's father's custody - had vanished in the middle of the night.

    A little over a year later, Reynolds tells NECN her worst fears began to take shape. That was the day she says Maine State Police detectives showed her a series of slides of what the forensics team found in DiPietro's home on Violette Avenue.

    "It looked like a murder scene," said Reynolds. "My daughter's blood was everywhere."

    Among their findings, according to Reynolds:

    -- A fist size blood stain containing vomit and saliva on DiPietro's mattress and sheets
    -- Ayla's blood splattered on the floor and wall by DiPietro's bed.
    -- Ayla's blood found in and on DiPietro's sneakers.
    -- Ayla's blood on a plastic tote bag. Inside it was a bloody sheet.
    -- Ayla's blood and vomit on car seat in DiPietro's vehicle.

    In a series of press conferences over the last year and a half, state police have told reporters that they found no sign of forced entry or kidnapping. They say they believe Ayla is dead and they suspect foul play and they believe that three adults who were in the house that night - Justin DiPietro, his then-girlfriend Courtney Roberts and his sister Elisha DiPietro - know more than they're sharing.

    "I asked why, like, if you have all of this blood and the evidence that we have, like, why aren't we prosecuting?" Reynolds says.

    State police will not say whether Reynolds recollection of their evidence discussion is accurate.

    "What she says is up to her, but we are not going to be put in a position of confirming or denying. She has a right to say anything she wants to," State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland says.

    To date, no one has been charged, but police say they still have detectives working the case full time.

    "We understand frustration. At times we've been frustrated, too, but we are just as determined as we were on day one," McCausland says.

    Reynolds says she decided to come forward to make sure Ayla doesn't become another cold case, and she says she's hoping to put pressure on DiPietro to make him talk.

    "I need it to eat him alive. I do, and this I'm hoping, by all of this, it will," she says.

    She says owes it to Ayla.

    "And I've got her in my head telling me, 'We can do this Mommy,'" she says.

    Reynolds says she won't rest until she knows what happened to her daughter and justice is served.

    Justin DiPietro, his now former girlfriend, nor his sister have been charged in Ayla's disappearance. We requested an interview from DiPietro and he declined.

    If you'd like more information about what Reynolds says police found in Justin DiPietro's home, you can find it online at United4Ayla.com or JusticeForAyla.blogspot.com.