How Much Was Ayla Worth?From the beginning there has been speculation that the motive for Ayla's disappearance was money. Money has been a central theme for a lot of this case actually. It has been thought that Justin's motivation for taking Ayla was to relieve himself of a child support payment and also to reap any benefits afforded to him by the state for being Ayla's sole caregiver. I just can't see that the amount of money that Justin would save by not making child support payments to Trista would be enough to justifiy taking on primary responsibility of her. As those of us with children know, the $40/week payment he would have been making to Trista is far less than the actual weekly cost of caring for a child. Even if you factor in welfare, the max he likely would have received for a family of two is about $300/mo cash and $300/mo in food stamps. He also most likely wouldn't have even qualified for welfare since he was living with his mother and wasn't responsible for rent. The state bases any benefits on what your income is minus monthly living expenses. Sure Justin could have then asked the court to make Trista pay child support but if she didn't have an income and was already receiving state benefits for her other child she would be exempt from paying child support to Justin. It would not have benefited Justin financially to take over full responsibility of Ayla. Even if he did receive the $300 cash a month he would be responsible for clothing her, medical needs such as medicine and copays for doctor visits, toys, diapers, wipes, daycare, etc...He didn't need Ayla in his primary custody to get a life insurance policy on her either although having her in his care would make it easier for him to make it so he could collect on said policy if that was his intention. Of course it would also make him a suspect which could negate any payout so was the life insurance policy merely a coincidence or a poorly thought out and executed motive for murder? How difficult would it have been to make Ayla disappear while she was still in Trista's care? Kids are abducted daily from parks and playgrounds and even in stores while mothers are preoccupied with something else. Justin would likely never been a bleep on the radar had it played out that way.Now Trista is leaving the door open to sue DHHS and could receive up to $400,000 if she does file against them and can prove they were indirectly responsible for Ayla's disappearance. No amount of money is going to bring Ayla back or even lead to answers to her whereabouts as the unclaimed and now expired reward showed us. Many feel Trista should go ahead with the suit but just as many, if not more, feel she is looking for a payday and isn't entitled to a lawsuit.I can see why those opposed feel the way they do. Ayla was removed from her care because she was given an ultimatum by DHHS to enter rehab. She entered a program for ten days. DHHS would not have mandated it they felt she did not have a problem with substance abuse. Reportedly in Trista's case it was alcohol. Legally DHHS cannot just step in and make mandates unless they feel the child is in immediate danger and a judge signs off on them being able to take custody of the child. If they don't have reason to believe that the child is in immediate danger they had to have had prior contact with Trista and done an initial assessment and found that they need to be involved for the welfare of the child. DHHS has a process and procedure that they must follow. Even if the DiPietro's had a friend working as a supervisor in the Lewiston area where Trista was living it is extremely unlikely that they were assigned the case and instead the case would have been brought to their attention by a caseworker who felt probable cause to bring it to their attention.Also Ayla was sent to live with her father who under the laws of Maine had just as much of a right to her as Trista did. How could DHHS know that she would be in any more danger with her father than if she stayed with her mother? Furthermore, Trista attended rehab for only a short time. If DHHS were to know that Ayla could be in danger with Justin how come Trista didn't know and go retrieve her as per the agreement once her stay in rehab was completed? If Trista truly believed Ayla was being abused, why not immediately go to the court and file for immediate custody? Why didn't Trista go to DHHS upon her release from rehab and demand they honor their agreement?What happened to Ayla is tragic. That she still has not been found and those responsible have so far escaped justice is infuriating but Ayla's worth cannot be given a value. She was worth more than a $40/week and worth more than a $25,000 life insurance payment, and she is worth more than a $40,000 payday.To read more on the possible future lawsuit against DHHS: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/09/news/portland/ayla-reynolds-mother-keeping-door-open-to-suing-state-over-toddlers-disappearance/So what say you? Was Ayla only viewed with $ by her father? Was the life insurance policy a coincidence or motive for murder? Should Trista be allowed to sue DHHS for Ayla's disappearance?