Trista Reynolds blamed herself, saying if it were not for her addiction, Ayla never would have been in Waterville, subject to the bloodshed that took place in Phoebe DiPietro's basement, at the hands of Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro.
Parents are always ultimately responsible, but it should be remembered always that it was not her hands that bruised, battered, and eventually took the life of Baby Ayla.
Maine prosecutors should carefully consider the work done elsewhere, where successful murder prosecution has taken place, without the child's body being found.
Ayla Reynolds was reported "missing" by her father, a mere 6 weeks after the single, unemployed father bought a life insurance against Ayla's life, profiting off of her death. He telegraphed his plans, via text messages of 'concern of kidnapping' to Trista Reynolds in the interim.
Police officially state that DiPietro, his sister, Elisha DiPietro, and his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, have, in concert, all lied about what took place that night.
The grandmother deceived media when she said she "heard nothing" that night, only to later admit she was not in the home, highlighting the very need she had to be deceptive to protect her son.