Missing Waterville toddler's dad faces assault charge

PORTLAND (AP) — The father of a missing Maine toddler whose disappearance drew national attention is facing a charge of domestic violence assault.

WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/18gjmEs ) reports that Justin DiPietro was arrested shortly after midnight July 7 after police were called to a home on Spring Street in Portland. Police did not release information about the victim.

DiPietro's 20-month-old daughter, Ayla Reynolds, hasn't been seen since she was reported missing Dec. 17, 2011, from DiPietro's mother's home in Waterville, where DiPietro lived at the time.

State police have called the case the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history.

DiPietro could not be reached for comment. His previous cellphone number is no longer in service, and a new number in his name could not be located.

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Heather Cote's picture


I too think the father is to blame for Ayla's disapperance! I hope the guilt eats him alive and he confesses soon! This little angel deserves JUSTICE!

AL PELLETIER's picture

Give him enough rope,

he'll hang himself. Sooner or later the truth about Ayla's disappearance will come out. I hope the guilt is wearing on him.


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