What is expected in the dire emergency of a baby missing? 1. The caller will be in earnest to find his child. As such, he will be under pressure, frightened and concerned for the child. 2. The caller's priority will be the child. 3. The caller will give the 911 operator a distinct impression of not only urgency, but that the caller is working to facilitate the flow of information to help find the chid. The Baby Ayla case has been covered extensively with the conclusion that the biological father, Justin DiPietro, has been found "deception indicated" regarding what happened to his daughter.
The information contained here is from media reports, including video.
DiPietro originally claimed the child was kidnapped.
When a child is kidnapped, the parent calls out to the child and to the kidnapper. This is an instinctive reaction, often with police providing the outlet. The parent(s) begins a desperate search. The linguistic focus is what the child victim is now experiencing. This, too, is intuitive within a parent. DiPietro refused to speak to media, or to search for the child. Concern was not expressed for the child, rather for his own comfort. When asked, "Did you pass your polygraph?" he said "I smoked it." This was not only an avoidance of a yes or no question, but one in which reveals he both considered it as a contest of sorts, rather than a tool to help locate his daughter, and it revealed wording familiar and comfortable to him. This likely reflects drug abuse.
We also saw his mother, Phoebe DiPietro, report in a televised interview that she "heard nothing"and there was "no party" at her home the night Ayla was alleged to have been kidnapped. It was later learned that she was not in her home that night to be capable of "hearing nothing", which reveals her own need to deceive the public.
We have also seen deception on the part of DiPietro's sister, Elisha, in response to a question about her polygraph, as well as learning that the baby had a broken arm in which DiPietro did not seek medical intervention for 24 hours. This, along with a report of injuries is consistent with ongoing child abuse. As to bruises, DiPietro also revealed his own background when he claimed the toddler "got into a fight" with another child at a Chuck E Cheese ball pit. Finally, police announced that the father, his girlfriend and his sister, all in the home when Baby Ayla was reported missing, were deceptively withholding information from police regarding what happened to the child.
When a child goes missing, the parents' behavior will indicate one of two positions:
1. The parents will do what it takes to regain the child
2 The parents will do what it takes to conceal what happened to the child.
The case does not present a mystery; as the father's behavior was to refuse to call out to the child or the "kidnappers" as he claimed he was not "emotionally capable" of doing so. His emotional comfort trumped the negotiation with the alleged kidnappers.
He and his family did not give linguistic indications of empathy for what the "kidnapped" child was experiencing. This, along with linguistic indicators, showed knowledge that the child was deceased.
DiPietro had, prior to the disappearance, taken out an insurance policy not for his child, but against her life, and only her life, though he has another child which he did not take out a policy. As deception progresses, the DiPietro family used deflection attempts to remove scrutiny from themselves and falsely accuse others.
This is the 911 he call made.
December 17, 2011
ECS1 911, where is your emergency?
C1 (Justin) xxx, Waterville, Maine.
C1 (Justin) Yes sir.
ECS1 Spell the name of the road just so I have it right. C1 (Justin) xxx.
ECS1 xxx, what’s going on there?
This is the general question asking what happened. It is an open ended question which allows for the subject to begin his statement where he thinks it is most important to him. Where one begins a statement indicates priority and is sometimes even the reason for the statement.
C1 (Justin) Ah, I woke up this morning, my daughter is not here.
The subject begins with a pause. This indicates the question, "What happened?" or "Why do you need police?" is sensitive to him. It means he needs time to think of what to say.
The first thing he wants police to know is that he was sleeping.
"I just work up."
This is to indicate the priority of alibi establishment. He could not possibly be involved because he was not awake. This is found in guilty statements including in many "fake hate" claims that move on to exploitation (Go Fund Me) where the subject has a need to first clear oneself, before reporting what happened.
The priority is: alibi building.
It is to give the very first information after pausing to think of what to say---- he could not possibly be involved because he must have been sleeping because he "just woke up"---
Next, he said, "my daughter is not here."
This is a truthful statement. He did not say she was kidnapped, or that she died, but only the technical truth: "my daughter is not here" as to the location (address) he just gave.
ECS1 Okay, how old is she?
C1 (Justin) She is an infant she’s only twenty months years old.
ECS1 She is how old?
C1 (Justin) Twenty months old.
ECS1 Twenty months old?
C1 (Justin) She’s not even two – twenty months old.
ECS1 Was there anybody else with you overnight?
C1 (Justin) My sister’s here, her daughter and my girlfriend and her son are here.
ECS1 Hang on, I’m putting you through – this is in Waterville? C1 (Justin) Yes sir.
ECS1 What number are you calling me from case I lose you? C1 (Justin) (Sigh) – xxx
ECS1 Okay hang on, I’m putting you through, do not hang up. (Transcribers note: dial tone / telephone ringing) WCC Waterville Communications Center, what’s the address of emergency?
ECS1 DPS, Augusta. I’m putting through a report of a missing child from a residence at xxx . WCC Okay. ECS1 Sir, go ahead.
WCC Hello. C1 (Justin) Hello.
WCC Hi, how long ago did you see your child? C1 (Justin) When I put her to –
AV December 17, 2011 08:56:00
ECS1 911, where is your emergency? C1 (Justin) Yeah, I, I was just, I’d called, my phone just died and I have another cell phone now, so. ECS1 Okay, where are you located? C1 (Justin) xxx. ECS1 xxx, is this regarding the juvenile? C1 (Justin) It is, yes sir. ECS1 Hang on, I’ll put you back through Waterville Com. (Transcribers note: dial tone / telephone ringing) WCC Waterville Communication Center, what is the address of your emergency? ECS1 DPS, putting through – C1 (Justin) Yes ma’am, I was just on the phone with you and my cell phone died. WCC Okay, yep, I tried calling you back it went right to voice mail. What is your daughter’s name sir? END
KEY ECS1: Emergency Communications Specialist C1: Caller / WCC: Waterville Communication Center EP: Elisha Dipietro WPO: Waterville police officer
WCC Waterville Communication Center, what’s the address of your emergency? ECS1 DPS Augusta – putting through a report of a missing child from a residence at xxx . WCC Okay. ECS1 Sir, go ahead. WCC Hello. C1 (Justin) Hello.
WCC Hi, how long ago did you see your child?
C1 (Justin) When I put her to bed last night. My sister had checked on her. Um, woke up this morning, went to her room and she’s not there.
"My sister had checked on her" is to offer information not sought, nor useful in identifying the alleged kidnappers (though he has not yet alleged this), but to link him to his sister. This is vital information.
a. He is not the "last" person to see Ayla---his sister is. Like the assumption of being asleep ("I just woke up"), he now further protects himself from guilt.
b. He reveals that putting the burden of being the last to see Ayla upon someone else.
This is something seasoned prosecutors take note of while offering immunity (to his sister or girlfriend) in exchange for the truth of what happened to the victim.
WCC Okay, how old is she? C1 (Justin) Twenty months old. WCC Twenty months? C1 (Justin) Yes ma’am.
WCC All right. So you saw her last sometime in the evening?
C1 (Justin) Yeah, yeah, I put her to bed (Inaudible) at eight o’clock (8:00).
WCC All right, hold on just one second while I get somebody started right over there okay, don’t hang up the line.
(Transcriber’s note: brief pause)
WCC Sir. C1 (Justin) Yes ma’am. WCC Hi, I’ve got officers on the way over there. What is your name sir? C1 (Justin) xxx. WCC xxx? C1 (Justin) Yes ma’am. WCC And you said xxx or xxx , sir? C1 (Justin) xxx. WCC All right. What was she wearing the last time you saw her? C1 (Justin) Um, she had some pajamas on, um, they were green pajamas. WCC Green pajamas? C1 (Justin) Yeah.
WCC Okay, can you remember the exact time that you saw her last or somebody saw her last in her crib?
Compound questions should be avoided. This allows the subject to choose to avoid answering what he did:
(Transcriber’s note: C1 refers to Alicia in background)
C1 (Justin) Um, Elisha, when was the last, when is last time you went in her room last night when you saw her?
Did you notice that several times the subject said "hello"---this is something not expected in a distress call of urgency. Yet, it was not flagged for sensitivity because it was parroted back during the exchange. Parroting back is natural in language. "Did you steal the missing wallet?" "I didn't steal the missing wallet..." When parroting is disrupted in a change of language, the information is vital. The question to him or "somebody" else is when they "saw" Ayla. Now look at the answer: Um, Elisha, when was the last, when is last time you went in her room last night when you saw her? Not, "when was the last time you saw her" but the unnecessary repetition of the earlier statement (which requires more effort) --this is an example of "scripting" a response. The subject needs to control the flow of information and reminds his sister of going into the room before she could say she "saw" Ayla. Scripted language reveals the necessity of scripting.
EP Ten o’clock (10:00).
C1 (Justin) Ten o’clock (10:00), ten o’clock (10:00).
WCC Ten o’clock (10:00), okay.
(Transcriber’s note: radio communication)
WCC (Inaudible) units responding, she was last seen in her crib wearing green PJs approximately 2200 hours last night.
(Transcriber’s note: radio communication ends)
WCC What’s a good phone number for you sir? C1 (Justin) – xxx. WCC xxx, okay. I’ve got officers on the way over there right now sir and we’ll help you, okay?
(Transcriber’s note: disconnect / return call)
WCC Waterville Communication Center, what is the address of your emergency?
ECS1 DPS, putting through –
C1 (Justin) Yes ma’am. I was just on the phone with you and my cell phone died. WCC Okay yeah, I tried calling you back it went right to voice mail. What is your daughter’s name sir? C1 (Justin) Ayla Reynolds. WCC I’m sorry, Ava Reynolds? C1 (Justin) A-y-l-a. WCC E-y-l-a, okay. (Transcriber’s note: radio communication in background) WPO What number xxx? WCC1 xxx . . 10-3. (Transcriber’s note: WCC communicates with C1) WCC Okay, and you’ve checked all through the house, is there any way she could have climbed out of her crib? C1 (Justin) No, ma’am, she, there is no way she could a got, there’s no way she could. The father remains polite in a call where impoliteness and urgency are the expected. This is a form of "ingratiation" into law enforcement - a psychological making of "peace" between them. WCC Okay. (Transcriber’s note: radio communication) WCC 10-4. (Transcriber’s note: WCC communicates with C1) WCC Okay, the officer is there with you right now. I want you to go out and speak with her, okay? C1 (Justin) Okay. WCC All right, bye-bye. END Analysis Conclusion: The subject's priority is to establish his own alibi. He yields as little information as possible while maintaining an appearance of cooperation. He answers the questions in brevity; that is, in caution (see pause). He does not express concern for Ayla. He does not ask for (or demand) that Ayla be found. At this time, he does not assert that she was "kidnapped" ---the father of a missing toddler offered no assistance in helping police decide what happened. He only offered information once--- and this was to further buttress his alibi establishment --- that someone else can "verify" that he put the victim to bed at 8 because she (sister) checked on the victim two hours later. The lack of urgency and the void of concern for Ayla, along with the absence of asking for help finding her from a biological father is indicative of the child's death---she is beyond the parental capacity of protection. The claim of kidnapping came later, with eventually the family expressing concern for themselves, while not orchestrating searches, nor addressing the "kidnappers", nor even the child, lest prompted by media. Statement Analysis reveals deception with Behavioral Analysis consistent with guilty knowledge of Ayla's death. To study deception detection, please visit Hyatt Analysis Services.