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Ayla Reynolds Update: Trista Reynolds Threatens To Sue State In Daughter's Disappearance

First Posted: 02/16/2012 5:05 pm Updated: 02/16/2012 5:05 pm

The mother of a missing child is threatening to sue the state social service agency for neglecting to give proper attention of her daughter's case.

Trista Reynolds says that Maine State Department of Health and Human Services failed to carry out mandatory background checks and visit the house where missing 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was staying with her father, the Portland Daily Sun reports.

"DHHS just didn't do their job," Reynolds told newspaper. "I think if they checked up on Ayla, we wouldn't be where we are today,"

The child's father, Justin DiPietro, took custody of the girl while Trista Reynolds completed a rehab program last October, the mother claims.

"It was agreed on paper, while i was in rehab... in front of two DHHS workers, the supervisor, two doctors, and the attorney, and you are going to tell me that you didn't check on my daughter," the mother said during an interview, according to the Associated Press.

Trista Reynolds continues to raise questions about Ayla's father as a suspect in the search for the missing child.

Earlier this week, Reynolds claimed that DiPietro filed for a $25,000 life insurance police on the child prior to her disappearance, according to news sources as well as a website dedicated to the girl's safe return.

Ayla Reynolds disappeared from her father's home in Waterville on Dec. 17. 2011.

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  • Ayla Reynolds

    Investigators are searching for Ayla Reynolds, a 20-month-old Maine girl believed to have vanished from her bed while her family slept. Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, told investigators he last saw the child at around 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2011, when he put her to sleep in her own bedroom. The following morning, at around 8:50 a.m., he called police to say her bed was empty. This photograph was posted on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Help.Find.Ayla" target="_hplink">a Facebook page dedicated to the missing toddler</a>.

  • Ayla Reynolds

    Police in Waterville, Maine, started searching for Reynolds on the morning of Dec. 17. They later called in outside agencies for assistance. This photograph of Reynolds was posted on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Help.Find.Ayla" target="_hplink">a Facebook page dedicated to the missing toddler</a>.

  • Ayla Reynolds

    Reynolds is described as 2 feet, 9 inches tall, about 30 pounds, with short blonde hair and blue eyes. This photograph was posted on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Help.Find.Ayla" target="_hplink">a Facebook page dedicated to the missing toddler</a>.

  • Ayla Reynolds

    Reynolds was wearing green pajamas with polka dots at the time of her disappearance. She also had a soft cast on her left arm. This photograph was posted on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Help.Find.Ayla" target="_hplink">a Facebook page dedicated to the missing toddler</a>.

  • Ayla Reynolds

    Reynolds was living with her father in Waterville. Her mother lives in Portland. This photograph was posted on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Help.Find.Ayla" target="_hplink">a Facebook page dedicated to the missing toddler</a>.

  • The Search

    Maine wardens search a field on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, two blocks from the home where 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds vanished from her bed sometime late Friday or early Saturday in Waterville, Maine. The Maine Warden Service, the FBI and Maine State Police have assisted Waterville police in the search. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • The Search

    A state trooper walks to his cruiser on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in front of the home where 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds vanished from her bed sometime late Friday or early Saturday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • The Search

    A Waterville police cruiser idles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, across the street from the home where 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds vanished from her bed sometime late Friday or early Saturday in Waterville, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Ayla Reynolds

    A billboard alerts passersby about missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

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