I know many of you have noticed it has been relatively quiet here the last day or two compared to how it usually is here, some of you have even sent an email to me to inquire if I was okay and if my family is okay. We are. Thank you for your concern.
I realize that my last two posts have drawn a lot of angry comments and also people questioning how I can determine that a child was unloved, neglected, or even abused by a handful of pictures that were posted. The pictures were not the only evidence of those things, the pictures are what confirmed it for me.The questions about abuse came with the release of information by Ayla's mother, Trista, about bruises, pulled leg muscles, her broken arm, missed doctor appointments, refusal to allow Trista to see Ayla on a regular basis.
Those things coupled with the house that was not properly childproofed, objects that have warnings on them to make sure children do not have access to them (plastic bags, exposed cords, etc.) the overal deameanor of Ayla, the prescense of a pacifying agent make a strong case for at the very LEAST child neglect. When people are looking at the pictures only, of course it is reasonable to argue that Ayla may have been tired, is not used to a camera, or the picture was taken before her smile reflex kicked it. When looking at the information as a whole, it is a very different picture especially when you compare the pictures released with the ones Trista released. The pictures were released by Selena Johnson, Ayla's Great Aunt, when the public asked to see pictures of Ayla when in her dad's care. The family released these pictures and posted a link with permission for people to save these pictures to make posters, etc. The family thought that these pictures were of good quality and released them for a reason. If the family decided to release these pictures as opposed to any other pictures they may have of Ayla, what does that say? These could be the only ones of Ayla or the BEST ones they had of Ayla, leaving me to ask, how much worse could it get?
Commentors were outraged at me yesterday, attacking me instead of attacking the information. They were outraged because I analyzed the pictures and said what many have already thought. They did not like their own pictures used against them. I am not removing the pictures. If I am served with paperwork from their attorney, I will but I am pretty confident, no attorney will take their case. I have done nothing wrong.
Interestingly enough, as I was checking out the new Ayla Reynolds Open Discussion page on Facebook, one of the admins of the site, Ashley P. posted some messages that were back and forth between her and Lance DiPietro.