Missing Toddler Ayla Reynolds' Mom Confronts Father in Court

Image: Missing Toddler Ayla Reynolds' Mom Confronts Father in Court Justin DiPietro, left, and Trista Reynolds holding a photo of her missing toddler, Ayla Reynolds.

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 09:00 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Emotions spilled at a Maine courthouse as the mom of a missing toddler confronted the girl's father during his court hearing on an unrelated matter Wednesday.

Trista Reynolds and her family went to Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland to approach Justin DiPietro about the disappearance of their daughter, Ayla Reynolds, on Dec. 17, 2011. 

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Ayla Reynolds was 20 months old when she went missing from DiPietro's home nearly two years ago, and no one has ever been charged in the disappearance. The Morning Sentinel reported DiPietro was in court Wednesday on charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend Courtney Roberts.

Reynolds has been trying to turn up the heat in recent weeks on DiPietro and investigators in regards to her daughter's case, asking in public why more progress has not been made in Ayla Reynolds' investigation.

DiPietro's hearing, in which he pleaded guilty to violating conditions of release in another case, turned ugly when his mother, Phoebe DiPietro, called Ron Reynolds, Trista Reynolds' father, an expletive just outside of the courtroom, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The confrontation between the former couple and their relatives escalated quickly, and both groups were ordered to leave.

"Did you say something to me? Your son killed my granddaughter," Ron Reynolds yelled at Phoebe DiPietro as they left the courthouse.

Trista Reynolds spoke to reporters earlier about information police gave her about the case and asked why Justin DiPietro has not been arrested.

"I’m hoping I get to have my baby girl home real soon," Trista Reynolds said. "Whether she's there with me and her two brothers and able to enjoy life every day, or whether I have to do the hardest thing any parent has to do. But one way or another I hope (Justin) brings my baby girl home."

In a news conference on Monday, Trista Reynolds told the Bangor Daily News and other reporters that police informed her that Ayla Reynolds' blood was found in DiPietro's home during the initial investigation.

Justin DiPietro maintains that the baby was kidnapped.

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