June 20, 2018
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Police won’t release 911 call in case of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds

AP photo from Facebook | BDN
AP photo from Facebook | BDN
Ayla Reynolds
The Associated Press

WATERVILLE, Maine — Police have denied a request to release the audio recording and written transcript of the 911 call made to report the disappearance of a Waterville toddler.

The Morning Sentinel newspaper had requested the information in the Dec. 17 disappearance of Ayla Reynolds, who was 20 months old when she went missing, but was told by police on Wednesday that releasing it could interfere in the investigation.

Police say the request was denied after “careful consideration” and consultation with a city lawyer.

A lawyer for the paper says police need to better explain their decision because such information is generally public under Maine law, except under certain conditions.

Police have previously said the 911 call was made by Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro. The little girl’s parents did not live together.

The disappearance is being treated as a crime.

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