Friday, June 14, 2013
Ayla Reynolds: Wrongful Death Suit
A single, chronically unemployed uneducated father bitterly learns that he is father...again. For him, the casual irresponsible affair now means 18 years of child support. At some junction, he decided to seek custody of the child, having not met her prior to being 7 months of age. Having custody would mean not only would he not have to pay child support, but he would seek to receive child support payments from the mother, while dumping the child on his relatives or friends.
The child, however, gets under his skin.
She is found to have a black eye, to which he says "she got into a fight at Chuck E Cheese ball pit" as if toddlers "get into fights" at that age, while forgetting that the Chuck E Cheese he referenced didn't have a ball pit.
She had a leg injury consistent with twisting during a diaper change; something that someone with a temper may have done.
Lastly, she is found with an untreated broken arm, left without treatment for 24 hours, something, unfortunately, familiar to social workers and ER medical professionals who know that the offending parent is stalling due to substance abuse, and/or seeking a way out of getting in trouble.
As if all of this isn't bad enough, the single, chronically unemployed father takes out a large life insurance policy from his buddy, not to provide for his child, but that his daughter could provide for him, in the event of HER death, even though she was an otherwise healthy toddler. He took out this policy betting that she would die, and he would cash in. He did not take out a policy on his other child, of whom he had with another woman.
Less than 2 months later, surprise, surprise, the baby disappeared.
The father reported her kidnapped but when it came time to 'negotiate' with the kidnapper, the father refused to speak claiming to be "emotionally incapable" of doing so.
When the parent of a missing child does not help find her, the parent does not want the child found.
The only mysteries in this case are:
1. Where the baby was dumped
2. Who helped him.
When Justin DiPietro did finally release a statement, he referenced the child in the past tense, signaling that she was dead.
Police later found Ayla's blood in his home.
So, why no arrest?
This is not a mysterious "who done it?" to be carefully scrutinized. It is a "why has there been no arrest?" case in which the public cannot help but wonder if the national coverage this case received early on has the same hallmarks as the Jonbenet Ramsey case.
Jonbenet Ramsey was killed in her own home.
Her wealthy parents quickly hired high powered attorneys which made the local prosecutors so afraid that Alex Hunter, fearful of being humiliated by his private counterparts, actually refused to sign the Grand Jury's indictment in which John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents, were found liable in Jonbenet's death.
There was no way Hunter and the state attorneys were going to go up against the high powered private attorneys working for the Ramseys.
When Baby Lisa went missing in St. Louis, police talked tough and were quickly closing in on Lisa's mother, Deborah Bradley, who was lying about what happened to Lisa. With national attention, Joe Tacopina, famed attorney out of New York, showed up on the scene, made a bit of bluster, and the case suddenly went cold.
No arrest for Deborah Bradley.
There was no way the state attorneys were going to go up against the private, high powered Tacopina and his team of very sharp attorneys.
Now we have Baby Ayla in a simple case in which police admitted that DiPietro, his sister, and his girlfriend were all lying, and admitted that Ayla could not have survived the bloodshed that took place in that home.
Was it that Nancy Grace challenged DiPietro to come out, giving the case a national audience, that has actually hurt justice for Ayla?
As it went national, so went the ever increasing odds that a Joe-Tacopina-like attorney would show up, perhaps from Boston or New York, ready to make the state attorneys quake in their shoes, and buckle into an unwillingness to fight it out in court?
Is this the case here?
If so, what resources exist for the mother of Ayla Reynolds, Trista Reynolds?
Recall what the family of Ron Goldman did when the OJ jury perverted justice due to the color of the defendant's skin:
They filed a wrongful death suit.
What is it that stops Trista Reynolds from doing the same?
Due to the publicity in the case, a simple email to the producers of the Nancy Grace Show, and the ball will begin to roll, and roll it will, all the way from Waterville down to Boston (or New York) where a private attorney will step forward, eager for the publicity, and put together the case that the state attorneys should have.
If Ayla was my daughter, I'd give state attorneys 30 days notice: either issue arrest warrants or I will take matters into my own hands, and have my own attorney begin the work.
But, that's me.
I could not bear letting some small town bully get away with killing my daughter.
Seriously, are we to believe that Justin DiPietro bested anyone in an interrogation? Really? Between him and his brother, Lance, there's scarcely enough brain cells to pass a fifth grade math test. Oh, give them a baseball bat, and a child, perhaps, and they're up for the challenge: they're both good at making threats as if they've OD'd on Soprano re-runs, but, seriously, this guy was able to keep the information on where he dumped Ayla from trained law enforcement? When his mother went on TV, she could not even keep her eyes open while lying. Her sister could only muster a "fine, fine" when asked about her polygraph and Maine newspapers will not allow reporters to do investigative journalism: no official quote, no printing.
But what of Governor LePage?
LePage is no politician; he is a no-nonsense street businessman who worked himself up from nothing to the highest office in the state. Republican or Democrat, you have to tip your hat to the man. He has low tolerance for incompetency and zero tolerance for idiots, and is not afraid to say so, whether or not the Maine newspapers like it or not. (hint: they don't).
I cannot help but think that there may be something hindering this case that he could help with.
Could Trista Reynolds seek his help?
Given his background, I don't think he'd turn a deaf ear to her cause. Perhaps he can get answers where media has not asked.
Maine is not the only state in the union. Just beneath Maine is Boston, replete with talented attorneys who are ready and likely eager to step up to the plate, make quite a bit of noise, and see what they can do against DiPietro, his sister, his girlfriend, and, perhaps, even his buddy who may know more than we think.
Justice for Ayla is not going to come through gentle and polite means. Perhaps it is time for Trista Reynolds to take stock in that her little girl's blood was found in that home and it is still crying out for justice.
What will it take to get justice for Ayla?
If the state attorneys won't do it, perhaps private ones will.
It may be something Trista Reynolds can consider, because nothing will be more insulting to the memory of Ayla Reynolds than Justin DiPietro cashing in on her death. We already heard that he sought to stop making child support payments on her behalf, but he did, or so we heard, keep up payments on the life insurance policy which he stands to gain from his daughter's death.
He bet that Ayla would die.
I'm betting, now, that Ayla's going to see justice against him, but it may not come in the usual way.
Imagine a suit holding Justin DiPietro, Elisha DiPietro, and Courtney Roberts responsible for Ayla's demise?
Since I struggle to be 'patient' with the "ongoing investigation" (quote from Maine State Police, June 2, 2013), perhaps the civil suit is the way of hope.
Hope for Ayla.
Hope for justice for Ayla.