A very ugly and public confrontation broke out Wednesday after Justin DiPietro, the father of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds, appeared in a Portland, Maine, courtroom on charges unrelated to her disappearance. The Bangor Daily News provided HLN with brand new footage of the brawl.
The confrontation started just outside the courtroom, where moments earlier, DiPietro pleaded guilty to violating conditions of a bail agreement, and an assault charge against him was dropped. He was ordered to pay a $150 fine and got off with time served. The assault charge was related to a July 6 incident in which DiPietro allegedly assaulted a woman described as his ex-girlfriend during an argument, but according to police, the woman was not injured. DiPietro was released on bail, but was arrested again on September 6 for possession of alcohol in violation of his bail terms.
Outside the courthouse, several of the toddler's family members began yelling and accusing the other side of the family of being involved in Ayla's disappearance. Trista Reynolds, Ayla's mother, and Phoebe DiPietro, Ayla's paternal grandmother, were screaming at each other, as both women accused the other of knowing what happened to the 20-month-old girl who disappeared in December 2011 from DiPietro's home. Ron Reynolds, Ayla's paternal grandfather, also jumped in, and yelled at DiPietro, "Your son killed my granddaughter."
Trista also followed her ex-boyfriend Justin DiPietro as he left the courthouse, demanding answers about their missing daughter Ayla. DiPietro remained silent as Trista pressed him for a response.