When this story first broke, I had suspected that an accident of some type had occurred. I didn't know if Justin had gotten upset and shook Ayla, or if she had gotten into something she shouldn't have but I couldn't understand not calling 911 if it was an accident and from the people who knew Justin personally, not one of them thought he would ever lose his temper with Ayla. Then Angela Harry released the timeline on TTLOM, and the information about the baby gate did not sit well with me. It still doesn't to this day. Then came the release of the blood being found in the basement, if Ayla had fallen down the stairs why not call 911? Yes, maybe there would be charges for negligence but if it was an accident, it would be better to be charged with negligence then murder, right? We were hit with the discovery of the life insurance policy on poor Ayla next and it was like a blow to the gut. It didn't make it seem like an accident anymore and we were all back to square one, pondering over what could have happened to Ayla. Then Aunt Selena releases the pictures of Ayla while she was living with Justin.
Looking at the state the house was in, it is no wonder Justin thought it prudent to purchase an insurance policy against Ayla's life. The house is a death trap, it was only a matter of time before an accident happened to Ayla. I would not be surprised if Elisha took a policy out on Gabby as well. Uncovered outlets, hardwood floors, clutter everywhere, exposed cords, plastic bags floating around in a room shared by not one but two toddlers, treacherous basement stairs, broken baby gates, do I need to go on, or do you get my point?
Even the picture in the car is telling, Gabby is protected from the sun with a bonnet and it appears a visor is on the window blocking the sun or the car is parked in the shade to protect only Gabby from a sunburn/sunstroke, Ayla's head is bare and she is in direct sunlight, she probably got sunburned seeing how fair her complexion is. She looks to be very uncomfortable and is probably dehydrated from the way she is downing the fluids.
On top of all of this, we have Elisha, a young single mother, trying to finish school with aspirations to make it onto the big screen and make something of herself, she is probably stressed out enough raising her own child and here comes big brother Justin, moving back home with his child, disrupting daily routines and leaving Ayla in her care while he is out all night in Portland, doing who knows what. I would be resentful too. Elisha being young could have very easily focused that resentment at Ayla instead of where it should have been directed. We know Justin was spotted in Portland at 2 am a day before Ayla went missing, where was Ayla? Most likely home with Elisha. It is evident that Ayla did not feel secure in the presence of her paternal family, she relied on getting comfort from a stuffed dog that she is clutching in the majority of pictures released, Gabby does not have anything to pacify her, she doesn't need it. She is doted on by her mother and family, has tons of toys and always seems to be the center of attention. Was Elisha busy with Gabby one night and Ayla went looking for Daddy for attention, daddy who was out visiting his girlfriend in Portland or elsewhere, and try yelling down the stairs for him, was the gate not on properly and did she fall down the stairs? Did she hit her head and cut it open, causing her blood to spill on the floor? Did Elisha, unsure of what to do call Justin or Phoebe and ask them to please help her? Who came up with the idea to make it look like Ayla was kidnapped? Is that why Elisha retained an attorney before anyone was charged with a crime? Who hires an attorney for the heck of it? She obviously had to have hired an attorney with the expectation that criminal charges were pending, otherwise what did she expect the lawyer to do? Innocent people do not hire attorneys, especially when there haven't been any charges filed against them nor would innocent people expect charges to be filed against them.
For the life of me and most of you reading this, no one could figure out why all the people involved would cover for the person responsible. Why would Elisha cover for Justin if it risked her ultimately losing Gabby, why would anyone cover for Courtney since she isn't family,(unless she was pregnant with Justin's baby), why would Courtney cover for Justin if it meant she was going to lose her son? That leaves Elisha. Phoebe would certainly have reason to cover for Elisha, she is her baby. Justin would want to protect his little sister as would Lance. Courtney may be compelled to protect her because she also is a mother and sympathizes with her. Poor Elisha, such a good girl, honor student on the Dean's list, single mom taking such good care of Gabby. They don't want her to ruin her life over one mistake. No one really bonded with Ayla anyway, she was disposable, there is nothing anyone can do to help her now, we have to help Elisha. It certainly makes more sense to me than any other scenario.
Most mothers would not allow their children to lie to the police about what happened, they would demand that they be held accountable for their actions and face the consequences and THEN the parent might hire an attorney to protect the child from the most severe punishment. Phoebe DiPietro is certainly not like most mothers. As one anonymous commentor posted on the HiJacked post:
There are several reasons why some parents excuse their children so quickly and easily. Some parents who believe their children are unfairly accused may be overly protective, resulting in blind defensiveness. Other parents cannot accept that alleged misbehavior is really all that bad, failing to understand that perfect children are few and far between. Still other parents are simply unwilling or unable to face their child’s problems. Often they observe the same problems at home and feel helpless to deal with them. They find it easier to deny or excuse misbehavior than to address it head on. Parental excuses for misbehavior usually fall into three categories
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