Baby Ayla Case
Baby Ayla Case, Blood Found in Home Where Toddler Disappeared, Police in Waterville, Maine, increased the pressure on Justin DiPietro, father of missing baby Ayla Reynolds, on Saturday. Police revealed for the first time their crime lab is analyzing blood found in the basement of the home where DiPietro lived with his daughter, mother, sister and niece, Associated Press reported. The basement is where DiPietro slept.WESH cites police sources as saying DiPietro walked out on police when shown evidence of luminol-enhanced blood stains discovered in his home.
State police spokesman Steve McCausland also said investigators believe the three adults in the home when Ayla allegedly disappeared haven't disclosed all that they know to the police. The three adults in the home that night were DiPietro, his sister Elisha DiPietro, and his girlfriend Courtney Roberts.
How Much Blood?
McCausland declined to disclose how much blood police found or other details about it such as whether it appeared to be fresh blood. He did say it was found early in the investigation, according to AP. Hundreds of pieces of evidence were removed from the home in the early stages of the investigation.
DiPietro Family Response
A reporter for AP attempted unsuccessfully to reach Justin DiPietro for a response. When a call was placed to his Phoebe DiPietro's cellphone regarding the blood found, the call recipient hung up. AP did not confirm whether the female call recipient was Phoebe DiPietro.
Earlier Squeeze on DiPietro
Ayla's mother Trista Reynolds and her family posted a timeline on the Help Find Ayla Reynolds Facebook page last week (since removed), outlining key events leading up to Ayla's disappearance. The site administrator posted a comment noting that the Reynolds family cleared the timeline with police before posting it, removing one item of information as a result. The timeline contained information unfavorable to DiPietro, including Trista Reynolds' concern over injuries Ayla allegedly suffered in his care.
50 Days, Three Injuries
According to the Reynolds timeline, DiPietro saw Ayla about once every two weeks in August and September. Two of three visits during August and September described by Reynolds left Ayla with injuries, according to the timeline. In mid-September she returned home with facial bruises, the report said, and in late September she came home with a pulled muscle. The Reynolds' timeline noted that they sought medical treatment for Ayla after she seemed to favor her left foot for a few days after the visit with her father, and that's how they learned her muscle was strained.
On Oct. 17, DiPietro obtained police assistance to retrieve Ayla from Reynolds' family while Trista was in treatment for alcohol abuse. Lewiston police confirmed their involvement in turning the baby over to DiPietro, according to the Kennebec-Journal.
Ayla suffered a broken arm November 4, while in DiPietro's care. He claimed he tripped on steps and fell on top of her while carrying both her and groceries, the Press-Herald reported.
Forty-two days later, precisely 60 days after he first took baby Ayla into his home, DiPietro told police Ayla vanished from her bed in the middle of the night.