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Blood found in home of baby Ayla's dad

Police say missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds’ blood was found in her father’s basement bedroom, although they are staying tight-lipped about any other specifics of what they discovered, such as exactly where the blood was, how much there was and if anyone else’s blood was present.

“I can’t get into any of those details, Nancy, other than I can confirm some of the blood was Ayla’s,” Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland told HLN’s Nancy Grace Monday.

Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, reported her missing on Dec. 17 when he claimed that she disappeared from her bed in the middle of the night while he, his girlfriend, his sister and two other small children were sleeping in his Waterville home. DiPietro, his girlfriend and her son normally stayed in the basement and Ayla slept in one of the bedrooms on the ground floor, according to CNN.

The family of Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, posted on their website Sunday that police told them there was “more blood than a small cut would produce” in DiPietro’s basement. Police have confirmed to CNN that some of the blood was visible to the naked eye and some was uncovered using the chemical Luminol.

As the investigation enters its seventh week, McCausland said police are releasing the information about the blood now in hopes of spurring new tips. They do not think the three adults in the home that night have told them everything they know, and they have a lot of doubts about the story the three did give them.

“There is not one piece of evidence at this point that leads us to believe that an abduction took place…The story of Ayla being abducted just does not pass the straight-face test,” McCausland said Monday.

No suspects have been named in Ayla’s disappearance. A $30,000 reward has been offered in the case.

For the latest on this case, watch “Nancy Grace” Monday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST on HLN.

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