Trista Reynolds holds a photo of Justin DiPietro, the father of her daughter, Ayla Reynolds, outside a courthouse in Portland, Dec. 17, 2018. Credit: Troy R. Bennett

The lawyer for the mother of a missing Maine toddler is running a legal notice in a newspaper for a wrongful death lawsuit against the child’s father.

The Morning Sentinel reports the notice for Justin DiPietro will be published April 9 and 16.

Attorney William Childs said he will also place legal notices in the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan News and send a copy to DiPietro’s last known address in California.

[Mother of Ayla Reynolds sues girl’s father for wrongful death, seeks help locating him]

Childs said efforts to find DiPietro have been unsuccessful.

DiPietro has to file an answer in court within 41 days of the newspaper notice.

He reported then-20-month-old Ayla Reynolds missing in 2011 in Waterville. A judge declared her legally dead in 2017.

Reynolds has blamed DiPietro for Ayla’s death. The body hasn’t been found and no charges have been filed.