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Missing Maine girl's relatives had been worried about her safety with her father

Ayla, who is blonde, blue-eyed, and 2-feet-9 inches tall, was last seen Friday night wearing green one-piece pajamas with polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" on them. She was wearing a soft cast on her left arm. CBS Boston

Missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds
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(CBS/AP) WATERVILLE, Maine. - Relatives of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds said Monday that they were concerned about the girl's safety while she was staying with her father, who was caring for her when she disappeared.

Pictures: Maine Toddler Ayla Reynolds Missing 

Twenty-month-old Reynolds was reported missing Saturday morning by her father, Justin DiPietro, who called police to say she was not in her bed at his home in Waterville.

Welfare agents had placed Ayla with her father weeks ago while her mother, Trista Reynolds, was in rehab for substance abuse, Reynolds' stepsister Whitney Raynor said Monday.

After moving in with her father, the toddler suffered a broken arm, said Raynor, who serves as spokeswoman for the Portland family.

Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey has said the girl's broken arm was from an accidental fall.

Trista Reynolds is now doing better after rehab and went to court Thursday, a day before her daughter's disappearance, to try and regain sole custody of Ayla, Raynor said. Reynolds also has a 7-month-old son.

Ayla, who is blonde, blue-eyed, and 2-feet-9 inches tall, was last seen Friday night wearing green one-piece pajamas with polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" on them. She also had a soft cast on her left arm.

Massey said every lead reported by the public is being followed in hopes of locating the child.

"We are approaching this with every possible thought and angle in mind. It is currently a very open case," Massey said at a briefing.

He said about 75 officers, including game wardens specially trained in search and rescue, were working on the case.

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