Teddy bear vigil held for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds
Dozens of stuffed animals were donated in the name of Ayla Reynolds, who was reported missing from her father's home on Dec. 17. Some toys are headed to a memorial outside the home, and others will be donated to hospitals. The vigil participants want to keep the case in the public eye.
"It's scary to think something like this could happen to someone," Desiree Collins said after donating a blue teddy bear. "It's scary to think what could have happened. She may have been taken or was killed."
Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing by her father, Justin DiPietro, who said he last saw her when he put her to bed the night before. Her mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland. Police are treating the girl's disappearance as a crime, but no one has been charged.
Neither of Ayla's parents showed up at Saturday's event, but DiPietro's mother and sister made brief appearances.
"I want everyone to know we are thinking of her and we want her home," DiPietro's mother, Phoebe DiPietro, told the crowd.
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