WATERVILLE, ME (CBS) – The father of a missing Maine toddler is offering up details about his daughter’s broken arm, saying he is hoping to end any cynical speculation over the incident.
Police confirmed early on in the investigation that Ayla Reynolds had suffered a broken arm.
This week, her father, Justin DiPietro told The Morning Sentinel that he’s hoping to set the record straight on how it happened. Police have said the injury did not raise any suspicions.
“I know there’s value in explaining it,” Justin DiPietro told The Sentinel. “But to me, I know what the truth is, and it’s unbelievable for people to make the accusations that they’ve made.”
DiPietro reportedly claimed he slipped and fell while carrying groceries in one arm and Ayla in the other arm.
“That was completely accidental,” DiPietro said of Ayla’s injury. “I would never harm my daughter.”
“I was carrying her,” he told the Morning Sentinel. “Usually I let her walk, but it was raining out that night and it was dark.”
At first, DiPietro said, he didn’t realize anything was wrong.
“We hung out for a little while after,” Justin DiPietro reportedly said. “She was a little fussy here and there, but if you’d seen her, you wouldn’t have known anything was wrong with her.”
They took Ayla to the hospital the next afternoon after noticing her wrist had become swollen.
Ayla Reynolds was last seen at her father’s house on December 17. Investigators say they suspect foul play in her disappearance. No suspects have been named.