|She suffered much in 20 months of life.|
It is also hard to believe.
With all that is publicly known about the case of missing 20 month old, Baby Ayla, how is it that the three who were present when she went missing, remain free?
I don't know.
Speculation is that there is a rift between police and the prosecution team responsible for putting The Waterville Three on trial for Ayla's death, or in the least, for her disappearance.
By now, no one is publicly committed to "hope" for Ayla; only justice, but what about lesser charges? What about child endangerment? What about lying to police? What about the mountain of circumstantial evidence?
We know this:
That Courtney Roberts' sister was arrested, at her and Courtney's Portland, Maine apartment, where Justin and Ayla had frequented, with a large cache of prescription drugs, meaning that she either paid for the drugs (doubtful given the volume) or that she owed a great deal of money to sellers who don't attach late fees on past due balances: they take it in blood.
That Justin DiPietro, one to hardly ever hold a job due to a hot temper, was rumored to be a low level prescription drug street dealer, involved closely with the Roberts.
That Baby Ayla had unexplained (or ill explained) injuries, in the short time she knew her father, that showed an increase in severity, or an increase in violence, culminating with a broken arm that went untreated for 24 hours, suggesting her father needed time; time to sober up and time to get his story down pat.
That single unemployed father Justin DiPietro purchased a life insurance policy against, not for, his child, a mere 6 weeks before reporting her "missing." The policy was 5 times greater than most, and many times more than a funeral would cost. The amount, in fact, would cover the drug debt owed by Roberts, plus the 'late fees' involved.
That Justin DiPietro telegraphed his scam by texting Trista Reynolds, Ayla's mother, that he was worried that someone would "take" Ayla. Low and behold, he reported to police that someone did, in fact, "take her" from his home on the only night in which she did not sleep down in the basement with him. Somehow, the kidnapper picked the only night she would not be in the basement, and made it in and out of the tiny house without waking Ayla, Justin, Courtney, Elisha DiPietro, and 2 other children. Strangely enough, Justin's mother, Phoebe DiPietro, told the news that she did not hear anything that night, either, even though she wasn't sleeping there that night. The kidnapper picked the only night that Ayla wasn't in her normal bed and, odds be damned, picked the night that Phoebe would not be home either, though from miles away, she still "heard nothing" that night. That sneaky kidnapper was able to get in and out, without leaving a single microscopic particle of DNA...like magic of some kind.
That Ayla's blood was found in Justin DiPietro's basement in a sizable amount, one in which she could not survive.
That The Waterville Three all failed polygraphs, in spite of descriptions like "smoke it" and "fine", and
That Police say the Waterville Three are all deceptively holding back information that would allow Ayla to come home;
That after reporting Ayla kidnapped, Justin, Courtney and Elisha all decided to not call out to Ayla, and not to communicate, via media, to the kidnapper, to arrange ransom, or to plead for her return.
That Trista Reynolds was still involved, sexually, with Justin DiPietro, while he was in a "committed" relationship with Courtney Roberts, leaving behind her own DNA on DiPietro's, showing a lack of discernment and unenviable morals. That she became involved with him in the first place is an issue unto itself, but then to become involved with him while he was with Courtney Roberts shows a serious lack of sound judgment. "Vindictive" she said he was. She knows first hand.
That such overwhelming circumstantial evidence, even without a body, has not been presented to a Grand Jury at this time is something that puzzles the public.
That in spite of such cruelty to a child, both Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts are reported to still have custody of their own children.
That Trista Reynolds went on to have another child with yet another man of questionable pedigree, of which it appears likely that, against their will, taxpayers will be forced to support.
This story gets worse each time it is reviewed. Yet it highlights what little chance Ayla had between the two households.
She was forced into the arms of strangers by her mother's substance abuse, only to find just how violent these strangers were, not only suffering with bruises, muscle injuries and eventually a broken arm, the battered little girl with so little chance in life, had her blood shed in the hopes of cashing in.
What must it have been like to have been such a young toddler and to see this small-minded little bully and be forced to say "Da Da" or look at the scary bold faced liar and have to call "Grandma." Poor little girl, tossed around in life just to satisfy the party lifestyle of immature adults.
We did notice that Justin DiPietro didn't wait long to contact the State to get his child support payments stopped.
"What child?", he could ask the State worker.
The whole thing is sickening. It is sickening on every front.
It's time to take the evidence from the Kennebec River, if it matches Ayla, and present it to a Grand Jury.
The public does not want to hear about election year anything, or disagreements between investigators and those responsible to present the case.
We need prosecutors unafraid to go up against powerful defense attorneys who will grab this case, not for justice' sake, but for the free publicity.
We need a prosecutor to present the common sense to a Grand Jury and insist that the Three be arrested in concert.
Take Justin's original statement when he said things were "floating" out there.
I'll wager lesser odds that any one of the Waterville Three, after one night in jail, will tell police just where to find Ayla.