Three to five children are killed by their parent(s) a day! Homicide is the leading cause of children under four years of age. Those statistics are terrifying. To say that this is rare behavior is ludicrous. Three to five children a day murdered by one or both of their parents is an extremely high number in my opinion. Too high. Out of all children that are killed under the age of five years old, 56% were murdered by their own parents, 10% the murderer is unknown or unsolved, only 2% were at the hands of a stranger, almost 23% were at the hands of a friend or an acquaintance of the family and 7.8% were committed by another family member. How many more parents kill their child/children and aren't charged because the child isn't found? If going by all of the missing, presumed dead children that are currently in the news right now, I don't think I could stomach the real answer to that question. Aliayah Lunsford, Hailey Dunn, Sky Metalwala, Haileigh Cummings, Lisa Irwin, Madeline McCann, Caylee Anthony, Ayla Reynolds, Sabrina Aisenburg, and many more.
Many people want to believe Ayla Reynolds is still alive, that she was abducted by a family member, or even a non family member and whisked away to safety. I would love to believe that to be the case but unfortunately, in my opinion, it is not. With most abductions, they are solved within the first day, with very little lasting over one month. Usually with a nonfamily abduction, there is a ransom note or the child is killed or injured and found right away. In most family abduction cases, the child is taken by a non custodial parent, this doesn't apply in the case of Ayla Reynolds. Trista retained just as much rights to Ayla as Justin did. Why would she have taken Ayla and hidden the fact? Are Law Enforcement, as well as The FBI so inept, that they were not able to discern that Trista was behind Ayla's disappearance and with all the media coverage of this case, that whomever Trista gave Ayla to, has not left the house with the child or had to have someone come in to watch the child while they went to work, ran errands, grocery shopped and no one said anything or saw anything? The person that supposedly has Ayla, did not get cold feet and in fear of risking criminal charges, decided to drop her off at a church or public place? Based on statistics and the fact that this case has passed the two month mark, it seems more likely to me, that Ayla Reynolds was killed by someone in her family, someone who lived in the same house as she did. Someone who spilled her blood on the basement floor and attempted to clean it up so that luminol had to be used to see it. If Ayla was killed at the hands of her father there are 2 major questions that need answers, why did he do it and where is she?
Why Parents Kill Their Children:
Researchers, building on the work of Phillip Resnick, have shown that women tend to kill their own offspring for one of several reasons: because the child is unwanted; out of mercy; as a result of some mental illness in the mother; in retaliation against a spouse; as a result of abuse. Frequent themes are that they themselves deserved to be punished, that killing the children would be an altruistic or loving act, or that children need to be "erased" in order to save or preserve a relationship. Contrast this with the reasons men kill their children: Most frequently—like Garcia or Soltys—they kill because they feel they have lost control over their finances, or their families, or the relationship, or out of revenge for a perceived slight or infidelity. The consistent idea is that women usually kill their children either because they are angry at themselves or because they want to destroy that which they created, whereas more often than not, men kill their children to get back at a woman—to take away what she most cherishes.
Based on the information above, Justin may have killed Ayla out of frustration because he had to quit his job and move back to his mother's, that she required a lot of time and money he no longer had, or resentment at the conflict she may have been causing with his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts. He may also have done it to get back at Trista, for a perceived slight. Did she antagonize him, was he angry because she was threatening him with going to get custody of Ayla herself or that she was going to report him for suspected child abuse? Was she abused and it went to far?
Sadly, parents who kill their children, rarely use a gun. It is usually more physical and violent. Children are usually, beaten, shaken, drowned, stabbed, suffocated, and poisoned. Since there was blood found in the basement, and if the blood was related to Ayla's death as Law Enforcement has hinted, we can rule out shaken, drowned, suffocated, and poisoned. Likely Ayla was beaten or stabbed.
So assuming that Ayla did not have an accident that was covered up by all involved and assuming that Ayla was murdered by her father, what did he do with her? Mothers who kill their children often dispose of their children in a womblike fashion, either by submerging them into a body of water, wrapped in a blanket or plastic. They also usually dispose of them close to home. Fathers on the other hand tend to dispose of the bodies hundreds of miles away.
That information is extremely troubling to me. If you look at the map of Maine up above, the western and northern part of our state is not very populated. The western region is mountainous and the northern region is densely forrested. A drive to one of these places, would take a couple hours tops and the likelihood of anyone stumbling across the body is slim to none, factor in animal activity and decomposition and it would not take long for all traces of a small body to vanish completely. An argument might be, why risk driving all that way with a body in the car, wouldn't you be risking getting pulled over by the police out driving at night? In Maine, many counties are covered by the same state troopers or sheriff's deputies. It is very likely that you could drive for many miles in northern or western Maine and not see any cars at all, depending on the time of night.
We know that Justin DiPietro was spotted in Portland just hours before Ayla was reported missing, is it possible that she was disposed of on his trip to Portland? The route to Portland from Waterville is on the red highlighted route, which is Interstate 95, Portland is about 70 miles south of Waterville, which is located in central Maine. Portland is in southern Maine, which is our coastal region. There are many exits off the Interstate that would allow someone to possibly hide a body. The risk would be greater of the body being found, but with it being winter, chances are the body may not be found for some time. Some exits can be ruled out because they are more populated and the person would have to drive further away from the on/off ramp to discretely dispose of the body. Augusta, Topsham, Brunswick, possibly Gardiner, and anything past Freeport, would not be ideal places for someone to dispose of a body. Many have wondered if Justin possibly disposed of Ayla in Portland, I would think Portland is too populated and Ayla would have been found by now. Even though we have had a relatively mild winter, with little snow, the ground was still frozen when Ayla was reported missing. I do not believe she was buried.
I also have wondered about a storage unit, there are hundreds of places near the Interstate from Waterville to Portland. Could Ayla be hidden in an unheated storage unit with the rest of Justin's belongings from Portland, waiting until the heat died down so he could then dispose of Ayla, buying himself more time? Did a friend of Justin's call in anonymous tips to LE about searching the river where they did, so once it was searched enough and ruled out, that Ayla could be disposed of there, knowing it was doubtful LE would search in the same spot again? What is required to rent a storage unit? Could it be in an assumed name and that was what the prepaid credit card was for that everyone is talking about? Have police searched to see if any storage units were rented around the time of Ayla's disappearance? It would be interesting to find out. It also is a more favorable scenario than Justin driving to the northern or western part of the state to dispose of her. If LE is waiting to find a body to arrest anyone because they are not confident with the D.A. in charge right now, we may be waiting for awhile for anything to happen. Justin DiPietro may very likely get away with murder.
*These are just my own theories and speculation on one scenario. I am not stating any of this as fact. I do not know if Ayla is even in fact deceased or if she is by whose hands. This is just speculation based on statistics for one possible scenario. So please keep that in mind before you start personally attacking me.
If anyone has any information leading to the whereabouts of Ayla Reynolds, there is a $30,000 reward that is still unclaimed. Please call 207-680-4700 or 207-624-7076
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