Mom of missing Maine toddler: Sought sole custody

December 19, 2011 - 9:40 AM
Missing Toddler

This undated photo obtained from a facebook page shows missing toddler Alya Reynolds. Police in Maine are appealing to the public for help in locating the 20-month-old girl who was last seen Friday night. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey held a news conference this afternoon to ask anyone with information about Ayla Reynolds to call police. Ayla's father called police yesterday morning to report that his daughter was not in her bed and couldn't be found. She was last seen sleeping at about 10 p.m. Friday by a family member. (AP Photo/obtained from Facebook)

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The mother of a missing 20-month-old girl in Maine says she'd filed paperwork seeking sole custody of the toddler a day before her daughter went missing.

Trista Reynolds told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday that she and Ayla Reynold's father have been unable to get along in the last few weeks and parent together. She says she didn't tell the father, Justin DiPietro, that she'd filed the court paperwork Thursday.

Reynolds says she hasn't talked to DiPietro since Ayala went missing from her father's Waterville home since Friday night. She was last seen sleeping in her bed.

Police have said both DiPietro and Trista Reynolds have been cooperating with investigators. The two live apart, with DiPietro in Waterville and Reynolds in Portland.