Tuesday, March 6, 2012
What Do We Know About Elisha DiPietro?
Sadly we don't know a whole lot about either of the two women that were in the house the night Ayla Reynolds supposedly went missing. Courtney Roberts has declined interviews and remained out of the public eye and we have only gotten small glimpses into Elisha DiPietro's life.
We do know that Elisha is the younger sister of Justin and Lance DiPietro. We know she has a small child, Gabby, with Justin Linnell, although they are no longer together and in the middle of an intense custody battle. So intense that Elisha's older brother, Lance, attacked Justin L. kicking him in the face while he was on the ground?
Elisha apparently is a smart girl, honors in college, with a dream of being an actress. Did her dreams dissipate when Gabby come along? Was she resentful of that? Was she even more resentful when her brother moved back home with his own daughter, was Elisha burdened with not only caring for her own child but now her niece as well? Was she angry and did she take out her frustrations on Ayla? Did Ayla meet with foul play at Elisha's hands and now the family is covering up for her? Did Justin Linnell know the truth or suspect it and that is why he was attacked?
We know that Elisha felt the need to hire an attorney. Normally, someone who is innocent and not charged with anything as of yet, does not run out and hire an attorney. Does Elisha fear charges are pending? Did she hire an attorney because she knows she is guilty? Did Elisha take a polygraph test? If no, why not? Does she have something to hide? It certainly would make sense that the family was covering for Elisha. Phoebe, covering for her baby, the only one she had any hope of making something out of themselves. Justin, covering for her because he feels guilty that he unfairly burdened her with his responsibility coupled with the fact that she is his baby sister? Were they worried that they would have to take care of Elisha's own child if she went to jail? Did they sacrifice doing what was right for Ayla to do what they felt was right for Gabby? They certainly all had bonded with Gabby and would feel the intense need to protect her.
The family of Justin Linnell worry greatly about the safety of Gabby in that home. They want custody of Gabby and they want it now. Justin was granted an emergency custody hearing that took place last week but there was no ruling made. Justin has not been able to see Gabby in almost two years! According to a source close to Justin, Elisha laid down demand after demand of what she required Justin to do in order to see Gabby. He got a job, stopped drinking, rented an apartment and furnished a room for Gabby filled with toys and clothes. It still wasn't good enough for Elisha. I see a pattern in the DiPietros that I find worrisome. As far as we know, the father/fathers of Elisha, Justin, and Lance are not involved in their lives, is that because Phoebe refused to allow them to be? Elisha does not allow Gabby's father in her life, and once Justin retained physical custody of Ayla, he attempted to prevent Trista from seeing Ayla. Why? Why have a child with someone and then restrict them completely from being involved in the child's life? Is there a medical term for that? Is it a control issue? Is it an attempt to hurt the parents? Emotional abuse? Is it because the children are abused and they do not want the other parent to report them?
Sadly, just more and more questions that I fear we may never have the answer to. What happened to Ayla Reynolds? Why won't her paternal family speak out for her? What are they hiding?