September 24, 2013

Missing Maine toddler's mom tells of blood at house

The mother of Ayla Reynolds releases more details and calls for an arrest and prosecution.


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Ayla Reynolds

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Ayla Reynolds' parents are Justin DiPietro and Trista Reynolds.

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Statement from Phoebe DiPietro (PDF)

He cited criminal cases against Kevin Fox and Jerry Hobbs, both Illinois fathers charged with killing their daughters who were later exonerated.

Fox, then 27, was arrested in 2004 for the murder and sexual assault of his 3-year-old daughter, who disappeared from his home one night, according to media accounts of the case. The daughter's body was found in a creek four miles away. During an intense interrogation by police, Fox confessed to the crime, and spent eight months in jail before being proven innocent by DNA testing.

In 2005, Hobbs found the body of his daughter and her friend, both stabbed to death, in a park near his home. Like Fox, Hobbs confessed to the crime after 24 hours of interrogation, only to be freed five years later.

Semen found in his daughter's body was linked to a friend of the daughter, who had been arrested in a series of attacks on women.

Tepfer said the length of the criminal investigation into Ayla's disappearance -- now 21 months -- suggests to him that the prosecutors are doing a thorough job.

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