WATERVILLE — Two windows were smashed out late Friday night at the home of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, police said in a news release Saturday morning.

No one was injured and police said they did not find any rocks or objects, “leading officers to believe that the windows were broken by a bat or another object that was taken away.”

“These types of calls are actually quite serious,” said Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey. “There is a chance that someone could be injured by flying glass. It scares people. And, it could escalate into a confrontation between the occupants of a home and the suspect.”

Ayla Reynolds, who is 22 months old today, has been missing since her father, Justin DiPietro, reported her missing from the Violette Avenue the morning of Dec. 17.

Maine State Police are investigating the case and on Friday they brought dive teams to the city to search areas of the Kennebec River and Messalonskee Stream for clues on Ayla’s whereabouts.

Police have said that the three adults who were in the house at the time of Ayla’s dissapearence — Justin DiPietro, Ayla’s father; his girlfriend Courtney Roberts; and sister Elisha DiPietro — aren’t telling authorities everything they know.

Police have said that the owner of the house at 29 Violette Ave., Phoebe DiPietro, Ayla’s grandmother, was not at home when Ayla went missing.

Phoebe DiPietro called 911 about 11:13 p.m. Friday, saying someone was throwing things through windows. Three Waterville officers responded within a few minutes, police said.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office responded as well with a dog-tracking unit and followed a track that ended on Purington Street, which is a small side street near the home.

Police said whoever is responsible for the incident faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief and other potential charges.

“We simply are not going to tolerate this reckless and harassing behavior,” Massey said.


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