PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds was chased down the street by friends and family of the girl's mother, after he appeared in court on charges unrelated to her disappearance.
Justin DiPietro had the assault charge against him dismissed in court, and was sentenced to time served and a $150 fine for violating the conditions of his release on that charge.
But Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, and her supporters were determined to confront him, and they did, following him from the courthouse, through a parking lot to the Portland Police Department. DiPietro did not say a word, as Reynolds repeatedly said, "Justin, look at me!" and supporters shouted questions and accusations at him.
Earlier in the day, the Reynolds family was thrown out of court, as was DiPietro's mother, Phoebe, after Phoebe exchanged words with Trista's father, Ron Reynolds.
Trista confronted Phoebe outside the courtroom, and they traded blame.
"Tell us what you did with Ayla!" Phoebe said.
"Really? Because she was in your house with blood!" Trista replied.
Justin DiPietro was living with Phoebe in her Waterville home at the time of Ayla's disappearance. Police have said Justin, his sister, Elisha, and his girlfriend Courtney Roberts were the only adults in the home on December 16, 2011, when Ayla was last seen.
State Police said that DiPietro and the two women were not as forthcoming with information about the night Ayla disappeared as they could have been.
Earlier this month Trista Reynolds went public with information she says police told her, but have not released. She told NEWS CENTER that photos police showed her of DiPietro's home looked "like a murder scene."
This week, Phoebe DiPietro, Justin's mother, responded to Trista Reynolds' accusations in a statement, saying "Trista can say and do what she wants. To the best of my knowledge [law enforcement] has not confirmed her allegations nor stated that she has been cleared as a suspect herself. I believe that the Focus should remain on finding Ayla."