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    ME - Ayla Reynolds, 20 mnths, Waterville, 17 December 2011 - # 4

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    FBI in on investigation of toddler's disappearance
    Police in Waterville say 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was last seen at 8 o'clock Friday night. Justin DiPietro, the girl's father, reported her missing just before 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Waterville Police Chief Joe Massey.
    According to Massey, the child was asleep in her own room, and everyone else in the house went to sleep. Massey said DiPietro was not home alone, but declined to say who else was in the home with him.
    Police say the girl's mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland.
    The investigation involves local police, state police, wardens and the FBI. The Waterville Fire Department is managing search parties that include firefighters and members of the community.
    Ayla was last seen wearing green one-piece pajamas with white polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" written on them.
    She's 2' 9" tall and weighs about 30 pounds. She has short, blonde hair and her left arm is in a sling with a soft splint. Police say that injury was suffered three weeks ago when she reportedly fell down accidentally


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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    They started with the home. logically. And they have searched it forensically inch by inch. And they impounded two of their cars. But recently they returned the cars and they released the home back to the occupants,I believe.

    So maybe now they will expand their investigation.
    They did release the home back to the occupants. We do not know what, if any evidence was gathered there or in the vehicles. Conversely, just as you are stating this release might remove suspicion from the occupants, had there been actual evidence that the mother was at the home the night in question...there would have been an arrest, or at least an interrogation. The father was responsible for the child the night in question...too bad whatever adult diversions were present that night kept him from checking in on this sweet baby more often...perhaps he could have averted the crime.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stilettos View Post
    They did release the home back to the occupants. We do not know what, if any evidence was gathered there or in the vehicles. Conversely, just as you are stating this release might remove suspicion from the occupants, had there been actual evidence that the mother was at the home the night in question...there would have been an arrest, or at least an interrogation. The father was responsible for the child the night in question...too bad whatever adult diversions were present that night kept him from checking in on this sweet baby more often...perhaps he could have averted the crime.
    I agree that the family should have checked on her more often. I am surprised that at the very least Grandma didn't sneak in and peek at her two grandbabies. I know I would have but i go to the bathroom a lot at night so I always stuck my head in the kid's rooms, even when they were teens. [ Ok, especially when they were teens.]

    But about the evidence taken-- If they found anything truly incriminating they would not have released the cars or the home, imo. And they would have been hours of interrogations and maybe even an arrest. So I doubt they found any evidence of a dead child in the home or the cars. imo

    I don't think that mom. herself. snuck into the home that night. I think she talked a lot, perhaps during rehab, about her troubles with her ex and with the custody disputes. I am wondering if someone was trying to 'help' by saving Ayla from the father. And maybe things did not work out so well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    I am not sure that she did use any drugs/alcohol while pregnant, but I am pretty sure she did get drunk/high while caring for the two babies. She lived alone with them in a hotel room. Then she went to rehab. So I am going to make a guess that she had a problem with substance abuse and did not have a qualified babysitter at the time. And I also believe that is why the father wanted Ayla out of her care. I bet he got some drunken phone calls at one point or another. Just a guess, but I think it is quite likely.
    Do you have a link to where it was stated that Trista lived alone with her children in a hotel room prior to her rehab for alcohol? All I can remember is it being stated that Trista was staying with her mother and 8 or 9 month old baby in a hotel room in Portland after Ayla's mysterious disappearance. I am also curious why you are pretty sure that she was "drunk/high" while she cared for her children? I have not seen anything stated in MSM regarding these things you are stating. The only thing I can recall being substantiated is that Trista Reynolds was in rehab for an alcohol problem. But, I could have easily missed the information that you are stating. Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Helenstreet View Post
    Do you have a link to where it was stated that Trista lived alone with her children in a hotel room prior to her rehab for alcohol? All I can remember is it being stated that Trista was staying with her mother and 8 or 9 month old baby in a hotel room in Portland after Ayla's mysterious disappearance. I am also curious why you are pretty sure that she was "drunk/high" while she cared for her children? I have not seen anything stated in MSM regarding these things you are stating. The only thing I can recall being substantiated is that Trista Reynolds was in rehab for an alcohol problem. But, I could have easily missed the information that you are stating. Thank you!
    She did not live with her mother when she went into rehab. AFAIK. She sent her kids to live with her mother and sister when she went in.

    Why do I believe that she was drunk or high while she was caring for her kids?
    Just a wild guess. But if she decided to go into rehab, while she was a single mom of two young babies, then things were pretty desperate, imo. I highly doubt that she paid a babysitter to watch the kids while she got drunk.

    eta: I just read one report that said she did live with her mother before she went into rehab. So why did she end up in a motel when she got out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    She did not live with her mother when she went into rehab. AFAIK. She sent her kids to live with her mother and sister when she went in.

    Why do I believe that she was drunk or high while she was caring for her kids?
    Just a wild guess. But if she decided to go into rehab, while she was a single mom of two young babies, then things were pretty desperate, imo. I highly doubt that she paid a babysitter to watch the kids while she got drunk.
    Thank you for your response. However, for all we know her mother, sister, and/or father could have been helping Trista with her children from the very beginning. Trista very well could have been staying with her mother before she went into rehab; without any credible information being released to the public, I am not going to assume anything regarding Trista's family support system or lack of. Also, there could be numerous reasons for Trista's decision to participate in rehabilitation for alcohol. It could have been a mandated alcohol treatment program, or she could have decided that it was something she needed to do all on her own. I do respect your opinions though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Helenstreet View Post
    Thank you for your response. However, for all we know her mother, sister, and/or father could have been helping Trista with her children from the very beginning. Trista very well could have been staying with her mother before she went into rehab; without any credible information being released to the public, I am not going to assume anything regarding Trista's family support system or lack of. Also, there could be numerous reasons for Trista's decision to participate in rehabilitation for alcohol. It could have been a mandated alcohol treatment program, or she could have decided that it was something she needed to do all on her own. I do respect your opinions though.
    Thanks. I respect yours as well.
    If it was a mandated rehab program then I don't think she would have been able to leave after only 8 days. Maybe, but i don't think it works that way.

    And maybe her family was helping her with the kids. But if she decided that she needed rehab, then I respect her decision and her choice to do so. But I also have my suspicions that the kids were sometimes in some dangerous circumstances with her before she went in. I also find it odd that she left rehab and ended up in a cheap motel with her infant. There is more to that story, imo. And the only reason that I am even discussing HER circumstances is that she and her family have been very vocal in their accusations against Ayla's father. And when you point the finger at one person there are 4 more pointing back at you. imoo
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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    I agree that the family should have checked on her more often. I am surprised that at the very least Grandma didn't sneak in and peek at her two grandbabies. I know I would have but i go to the bathroom a lot at night so I always stuck my head in the kid's rooms, even when they were teens. [ Ok, especially when they were teens.]

    But about the evidence taken-- If they found anything truly incriminating they would not have released the cars or the home, imo. And they would have been hours of interrogations and maybe even an arrest. So I doubt they found any evidence of a dead child in the home or the cars. imo

    I don't think that mom. herself. snuck into the home that night. I think she talked a lot, perhaps during rehab, about her troubles with her ex and with the custody disputes. I am wondering if someone was trying to 'help' by saving Ayla from the father. And maybe things did not work out so well.
    Perhaps TR knew there was a history of the family not locking the doors at night. There are many people, unfortunately, who still do not lock their doors. Also, I think it would be hard for someone "from rehab" to "save" the baby from the dad...considering the "someone" would not know the layout of the house, the child would not have known the person and a complete stranger getting caught in someone's home would be quite uncomfortable. If someone would have awakened and TR would have been in the house it is probable a confrontation and maybe PD called and then her plea that Ayla is her child would have gone on and perhaps not even an arrest would have transpired.


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    The thing is, entire families live in cheap motels now, if they can't afford security deposits, utilities, cable, etc...so I am not counting that against TR. Right now, all we know for sure is that Dad had charge of Ayla when she vanished.
    Just my opinion, of course.


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    A couple people have referred to TR taking drugs and alcohol. I must've missed it, coul someone please post a link for thar? Thanks

    Specifically, for her being a polydrug (I'm considering alcohol as a drug) user.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cluciano63 View Post
    The thing is, entire families live in cheap motels now, if they can't afford security deposits, utilities, cable, etc...so I am not counting that against TR. Right now, all we know for sure is that Dad had charge of Ayla when she vanished.
    You don't think there is "some kind of problem" going on that a young single mother of two babies cannot stay at neither her mother's home nor her father's home until she got on her feet? There is a reason for that. So a dive, dirty motel in a seedy area of town is where she stayed instead? Sorry but that is not where I would take two babies...and a one room motel at that. Yes, many families do stay in hotels/motels when displaced or a fire at their home, etc...however, we are not talking about a married couple with 3 children that would be hard to place at mom or dad's house. We are talking mom and two babies. At the very least why didn't she allow her mother or father to let the babies come in or at her sister's home? Sounds to me like there were reasons unbeknown to us that family would not have her come in...and if she CHOSE to not stay with family but instead that motel..well then I will say because she had hangouts there...I cannot imagine any mother choosing to stay in a place like that when alternatives exist.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PlainJaneDoe View Post
    A couple people have referred to TR taking drugs and alcohol. I must've missed it, coul someone please post a link for thar? Thanks

    Specifically, for her being a polydrug (I'm considering alcohol as a drug) user.
    Alcohol is not substance abuse. Google "trista reynolds substance abuse" you will find all the media reports.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PlainJaneDoe View Post
    A couple people have referred to TR taking drugs and alcohol. I must've missed it, coul someone please post a link for thar? Thanks

    Specifically, for her being a polydrug (I'm considering alcohol as a drug) user.
    She went into rehab for 'substance abuse.' So we know she was abusing either drugs, alcohol or both. But with people her age, it is often both. Sadly.
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    I just hope there is an answer in this case, unlike some others in recent months and years. I don't have any opinion about Mom or Dad...perhaps not model parents, yet neither are many in the other cases that are currently in a holding pattern with missing babies or children. I do think there is a relationship between so called "broken families" and missing or murdered kids. Very few cases that make it to WS involve an intact family with two biological parents.
    Just my opinion, of course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavanda Dolce View Post
    Alcohol is not substance abuse. Google "trista reynolds substance abuse" you will find all the media reports.
    I'm pretty sure that alcohol abuse often falls into the "substance abuse" category, at least for clinical and scientific purposes. (eg., according to WHO http://www.who.int/topics/substance_abuse/en/) that's how I interpreted the articles...
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