Windows Smashed At Maine Home Of Missing Toddler’s Father

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two windows were broken at the home where a toddler was reported missing seven weeks ago, officials said Saturday.

The missing girl’s grandmother called police at about 11:15 p.m. Friday to report that someone was throwing things through the windows at her Waterville home, police said in a statement.

When officers arrived, they found that two windows had been broken. Police believe the windows were smashed by a bat or something else that was carried away since they didn’t find any rocks or other objects at the home.

Twenty-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from the home Dec. 17 by her father, Justin DiPietro, who lives there with his mother. DiPietro told police he last saw Ayla when he put her to bed the night before.

Police are calling her disappearance a crime and have said that DiPietro and two other adults in the home that night haven’t been totally forthcoming. Police have confirmed that Ayla’s blood was found in the partially finished basement that DiPietro used as his bedroom.

After the girl’s grandmother called police Friday night, a search of the surrounding area didn’t turn up anything, police said. A police dog followed a track that ended at a nearby street.

Nobody was hurt, but Police Chief Joseph Massey said somebody could have been injured by flying glass.

“It scares people,” he said. “And it could escalate into a confrontation between the occupants of a home and the suspect.”

ayla reynolds Windows Smashed At Maine Home Of Missing Toddlers Father

Ayla Reynolds

State police and warden service divers searched stretches of the Kennebec River and a nearby stream on Friday as part of the ongoing investigation, but didn’t turn up anything new.

At the time of her disappearance, Ayla was living with her father in Waterville. Her mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland, about 75 miles south.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • dan

    well…first of all the media has to get it right ‘s not his home..he lives in the basement of the home…………BUT THEN AGAIN WHEN YOU HAVE DRUG OR ALKIE ABUSE…THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS…

    • sandra

      I think they broke the window to cover something up ,so it dosn’t look like they can say that they been target and alya was taken when they all know where she is.

      • Michelle Fuller Fitzgerald

        I agree, there is no way that someone walked up to the house and smashed the windows with a baseball bat. Someone would have seen them fleeing the scene. Just another story in a heartbreaking case.

  • Michelle Fuller Fitzgerald

    I shudder to think of what happened to that beautiful girl in her last moments. If the father knows I hope it eats at him for the rest of his miserable life. Clearly neither one of these “parents” were fit to have a beautiful gift like Ayla.

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