January 25

Ayla Reynolds protest draws 35 to Waterville police station

Group demands criminal charges be filed against the last people to see Ayla.

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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remember: Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, holds a picture of her daughter at the Colby Circle and College Avenue intersection in Waterville on Saturday.

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poster child: A poster with the image of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds was one of many signs on hand at a demonstration Saturday at the Waterville police station.

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“They should at least be charged with endangering the welfare of a child,” Emery said.

She added that the state also shares blame because Ayla was allowed to stay with people who did not keep her safe.

“DHHS (the state Department of Health and Human Services) should be held responsible for what they did,” she said.

Conrad Armandi, 64, of Oakland, urged people not to forget Ayla, and to be patient, as the truth will be revealed in time. As a former deputy sheriff, Armandi said he believes authorities are being very careful before charging anyone.

“I think they’re concerned about double-jeopardy,” he said. “They want a solid case before they take it to trial.”

In January 2012, members of Ayla’s family said they were told by police that blood later confirmed to belong to Ayla was found in the basement of the home on Violette Avenue. Trista Reynolds said in September that police told her shortly after Ayla disappeared that blood was found in multiple locations in the home. Police have not commented on or confirmed that.

Those organizing Saturday’s protest demanded that the DiPietros and Roberts and anyone else involved in her disappearance be charged and prosecuted.

They said they were not protesting against Waterville police, but held the event there because it is a public building and Ayla disappeared in Waterville. Police at one point Saturday came out to ask that some people move cars, but otherwise stayed behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, protesters held signs with messages including “Justice for Ayla” and “Someone Knows; Just Tell.”

As a light snow fell, they stood along nearby College Avenue chanting, “No justice, no peace.”

Trista Reynolds, holding a sign with a large photo of her daughter, yelled “Honk for Ayla.”

Motorists whizzed by, beeping their horns and waving.

Ronnie Reynolds Sr. said he is proud of his daughter, calling her a good mother who is trying hard to raise her two young sons.

“I never, ever imagined that we would ever have to go through this,” he said.

Like Trista and Jeff Hanson, he says he is grateful for everything law enforcement officials have done and continue to do to solve the case.

“Every day I wait for that phone call from Steve McCausland — we stay in contact with him — saying someone has been charged. But still, nothing. I understand there’s still nothing, but it doesn’t make it easy for my family.”

An email sent Saturday afternoon to Justin DiPietro’s mother, Phoebe DiPietro, seeking comment, was not returned. She owns the house from which Ayla disappeared.

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unsolVed: Protesters hold a large sign of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds during a protest about the unsolved case Saturday in Waterville.

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her daughter: Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, holds a picture of her daughter Saturday at the Colby Circle and College Avenue intersection in Waterville. The Push for Prosecution protest was organized to demand that authorities file charges in the case.

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protest: Mark Leighton, of Gardiner, wears a mask Saturday as he takes part in the Push for Prosecution protest in the Ayla Reynolds case at the police station in Waterville.

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speaking out: Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla, speaks to the news media Saturday outside the Waterville police station during a Push for Prosecution protest.

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awareness: Ann Carrillo, 37, of Waterville, holds a sign Saturday during a demonstration to raise awareness about the open missing-toddler case at the Waterville police station.

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