A shrine dedicated to Ayla Reynolds was taken down by those living in the DiPietro home -- whether it was her father, grandmother or aunt who did it is anyone's guess right now. It seems rather callous to do so with the 4th of July being today, so there are questions regarding why the shrine was removed. The residents of Waterville have all taken the case of this missing child very personally, and even the police weren't notified of its removal.
Since December of 2011, residents of Waterville have placed stuffed animals and other items of sentiment in the front yard of Justin DiPietro -- the home owned by his mother Phoebe DiPietro. Now, the growing pile of stuffed animals is gone and people are a little disappointed.
Some people may be in defense of this decision. Some people just want to move on and get over the hardships they have faced. Certainly Justin DiPietro just wants to leave the suspicious disappearance of his baby daughter in the past where he undoubtedly believes it belongs.
Or maybe they're cleaning up for a festive 4th of July barbecue, without little Ayla Reynolds of course.
This is similar to the behavior of Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin who demanded the end of prayer vigils in their front yard. They, too, wanted to leave the disappearance of their child, Lisa Irwin, in the past. Seeing constant prayers and candlelit vigils in front of their home only reminded them that the world is watching them while their daughter remains gone.
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