Trista Reynolds: In Her Own Words

by The Light Bearer on December 13, 2012

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Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Bell Reynolds, has given several television and newspaper interviews since the night her daughter disappeared and has maintained a very active online presence. In this article, we will simply lay out Trista’s own words over the course of the investigation for all the world to see.

Despite the bias of deception expert Peter Hyatt, who seems to be sympathetic to Ms. Reynolds, I believe that objective statement analysis® shows her words are not only deceptive but completely contradictory. It will not take a genius to see that Trista Reynolds keeps changing her stories, and we must ask the question WHY.

In this first article of the series, we will look at Trista’s words as they relate to Justin DiPietro and his relationship to their daughter Ayla, with special attention paid to the custody arrangement. (Note: Bolding added by author for emphasis only.)

Taking Ayla: Voluntary Agreement or Violated Rights?

December 19th, 2011
(2 days after Ayla is reported missing)

On Nancy Grace

  • “Because her father has never had anything to do with her up until I needed to go and get a little bit of help for myself. And then when I left my daughter with my sister, that’s when he decided, You know what? I’m going to take Ayla.”
  • “And I want to put it out there that every time my daughter has gone with Justin, she would always come back with bruises on her or she had come back with a pulled muscle. And in the 18 months that I had had my daughter, not once did she ever end up missing, did she ever end up with a broken bone, did she ever miss a doctor’s appointment. And since she’s been with Justin, she has missed four appointments for shots. And this past Friday, she missed her bone specialist appointment.”
  • He’s very verbally abusive towards me and anything that I say or do, he refuses to let me see my daughter, he’s refused to let me talk to her. I mean, he has never, like, once since he’s had her, since October 17th, had let me have her for one single day.”
  • Justin and I have never been in a serious relationship, ever. We’ve never lived together, we’ve never been together. We were just two mutual friends.”

Interview with local news reporters

  • “I want to tell her I love her and I feel like I can’t protect her right now and I thought by me letting her go with her father and by me keeping her there for as long as she has been that it was the safest place for her to be because I knew that I wasn’t able to take care of her but now I’m so wrong.”
  • “Like, since she’s been there she got a broken arm, she’s ended up missing, you know what I mean, and I wasn’t trying to be secretive by going to the courts. I just, I didn’t want to fight with him anymore. Like, me and her father have been fighting constantly and just..I didn’t want to fight no more.”
  • “Uh, I’m really starting to believe that he has done something with my daughter. I’m really starting to feel that, as a mother, that somebody in his family or himself has done something with Ayla.”
  • “The agreement was, was that if he took Ayla, if I let him take care of Ayla for the time being, for me to get back on my feet, he had to live with his mother because I thought it would have been the safest place for her to be.
  • “I don’t know, like, I barely know who Justin is. We’ve never been in a relationship. I want to believe that no, he wouldn’t hurt my daughter, but if he did…he just needs to tell me. But I feel deep down inside that..he didn’t hurt her but I do think he did something with her.

December 23, 2011

on the Today Show

  • I trusted him to keep her safe, and now she is missing and I don’t know where she is, and I blame him right now because he did not protect her the way that he was supposed to.”
  • He did not get custody of Ayla…Because Department of Health and Human Services violated my rights. That is why she ended in Justin’s care. There was no court order, there was no nothing that had to do with any custody at all. None, whatsoever.”
  • I don’t think he was a non-caring parent..I just..I just think the way he was going about things was just wrong, by lots of ways and I mean, just, after a while of not hearing from her and not being able to see her, a mother is going to get suspicious. And that’s..I started getting very suspicious of um, what was going on.”

December 29, 2011

  • “He is the only one who can answer some of my questions. We have a daughter that is missing. We used to be able to get along all the time. Just talk to me. That’s all I want. He was the last one to see her alive.”
  • “He would never let me see her. I would call to talk to her, and he would get mad about it. If I did see her and I would notice something on her like a bruise or just something, instead of reacting in a calm manner, he would lash out about it or kind of go into defense.”

The Last One to See Ayla Alive? Justin DiPietro, a wonderful dad

January 16, 2012

“Justin thought that a lot…He always thought that I would be the one to take her. I always wondered why he was so scared about that. Now that people are bringing it to my attention, I’m going back and saying, wait a minute. I never went to get her because I thought she was OK and well cared for.

January 16, 2012 Text Message to Justin

“U know just as well as i do if i was clean and not using I wouldn’t have had to go to rehab and ask u to take ayla.”

January 17, 2012 Text Message to Justin

“Seeing u cry just broke my heart. I know you love ayla and I can’t wait for her to be returned to us.”

January 20, 2012 Text Messages to Justin

  • “Like no one can replace u. I do feel like I owe courtney a thank u for being there for our daughter.”
  • “U take them as lies and I have told the media Justin and im not agaisnt u or ur family I will not speak for my family but ive neuer been agaisnt u guys.”
  • “I didn’t take ayla justin and I don’t know who did I can’t believe you think I would do that to our daughter. I left her with u because you could provide for her give her a stable living environment i told you all this i wanted her with you.

January 23, 2012 Text Message to Justin

“I wanted to talk to u about my interview. I told bryan I painted the negative pic of you in the beginning. that u are a wonderful person a wonderful dad and I take full blame for you not knowing about ayla.”


Blood is Thicker than Blame?

January 30, 2012: A few days after the blood evidence is found

It was amazing to have him by my side yesterday. Um, to support Ayla as her parents, as mom and dad.”

February 2, 2012

  • “I just cannot think about it, or think about why it’s there. There could be many reasons. There’s no one to blame right now because no one knows…I will not question, I will not blame, and I will not point fingers.
  • He is the only one who knows what I’m going through. He’s going through the same exact thing I’m going through. Missing his daughter, we’re missing our daughter right now. Like, if it’s anybody who knows, he knows what I’m feeling on the inside every single day.”
  • “I don’t understand what the big deal is, why everybody is making such a big deal about Justin and I being at Ayla’s balloon event and supprting her as Mom and Dad. We are friends. We’ve been friends. We just don’t see eye to eye sometimes. But what parent doesn’t? But we’re still Mommy and Daddy to her. And we were supporting Ayla together.

February 2012 Text Messages to Justin

  • “Justin stop getting mad, I didn’t hear just from nancy grace. Msp has told me that themselfs what would u do if this was the other way around and you were on the outside like me I believe you justin I know you wouldn’t hurt ayla” (February 2, 2012)
  • “Yeah but why are they saying they know for sure it warmt an abduction and it came from inside your house? I’ll defend you all the way and I’ll keep doing. You are A good dad justin and I know you loved Ayla.” (February 6, 2012)

Mr. Innocent is Guilty Again?

February 14, 2012

“Within the same week that Justin took Ayla from me, he took out a life insurance on Ayla. Now, why did he take out that life insurance policy? I’m still trying to figure that one out myself. Because, who takes a life insurance policy out on their own child?”

February 15, 2012

  • “I’m done being nice. I want to, you know, keep defending him, but how can I do that if he’s not even talking to me or just explaining things? It’s just not right. Not right at all. I can just feel, like, I’m her mommy, you know, like, she’s not okay. She’s not alright, you know?”
  • “I am going to try and sue DHS, and I will go against them and I will fight them. They- it was an agreement, like, written, I told everybody, it was two doctors, two DHS workers, a supervisor and an attorney present at the family team meeting when we made the agreement. The only way Ayla could stay in that house with Justin was if everyone got background checks done, the house was evaluated and approved of like…DHS standards, and Ayla was happy and content and safe there. And even the supervisor from the department stated that she did not go check on my daughter knowing it was our agreement.”
  • “If this is going to be how I’ll get him to hear me, so be it. He won’t answer my calls. He won’t even text me. I’m not stupid. It’s like, I know you know more than you’re telling me. Whether you want to start being against me and clam up and hide away again, that’s fine. I will put it out there for everyone to know the truth.”

March 19, 2012

I don’t think she was kidnapped. I really don’t. I believe deep down that Justin knows what happened or where she is. He could change this in a matter of seconds. All three of them could — him, Elisha and Courtney. I point the blame at all of them; I can’t just point the blame at Justin.


March 19, 2012

Yahoo! News: Trista Reynolds: “I’ve Never Met Courtney”

  • Every time I would leave Ayla, she would freak…worse with Justin. She did show those signs of being scared.
  • “He knew he could make all the decisions.”

April 4, 2012

Ayla’s Birthday

  • “I want people to know that this isn’t about me and Justin. I’ve come to notice a lot of people more interested in knowing what me and Justin are doing. Are we talking? Are we texting? It’s not about me or him. It’s about Ayla, where she is and if she is coming home.”
  • He’s putting himself up as ‘Mr. Innocent,’ but the way he’s acting, everyone knows he’s guilty.”

May 2012 to June 2012 -Text Messages to Justin

  • Ayla didn’t deserve what happened to her. She was so amazing sweet funny out going a very well behaved child. i really want to know where she is i want her Home with me where she belongs.”
  • What bothers me the most is i trusted you to take good care of her and you let her and me down. I just don’t understand what Ayla did for this to happen. i swear if i never went to rehab or fought with you to be in her life she would still be here with me right now.”
  • “Today is farther’s day and the one little girl you should be spending it with is our daughter and you can’t because you and your girlfriend and sister murdered Her. Hope your thinking of her today and what you did to her. you don’t deserve to be recognized as a farther because you are a poor excuse for a farther.
  • “You know i still have the very first farthers day card Ayla and i bought for you two years ago. Your a joke Justin i hate you.
  • I have not Given up i Pray for Her every day i did carry Ayla for Nine months a mother Nows when there is Something wrong with there child. I will never give Up on Ayla. She is my world she is my life. I keep going every day because i know its what Ayla would want.”

June 4, 2012

  • My mother warned me to not let Ayla spend so much time with the DiPietros. Justin was a new father and did not know how to handle her. She was very hyper. She would come back from them injured every time.”
  • Justin Dipietro made a bad choice and I don’t know how he can call himself a father. He’s a coward and a pansy.
  • Justin DiPietro is a monster. He and I used to talk about everything and tell each other everything, and now he won’t even tell me what happened to my daughter.”

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