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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An attorney for the mother of a toddler who disappeared from the father's home in December 2011 says a court filing preserves the right to sue the state, but that there's been no decision on whether to do so.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services removed Ayla Reynolds from her mother's home and placed her in the care of her father in Waterville. She was 20 months old when she was reported missing by her father.

A notice filed on behalf of the mother, Trista Reynolds, said the agency "did not take proper action to ensure the safety" of the toddler. The legal document, first reported Thursday by the Bangor Daily News, was filed last year. Lawyer Brian Hansen says it was necessary to preserve the mother's rights.

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