Maine

Family to seek death declaration for missing Maine toddler

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Trista Reynolds shows Ayla Reynolds, her 2-year-old daughter, who went missing in December 2011 from her father's home in Waterville, Maine. Trista Reynolds, the mother of Ayla Reynolds plans to take steps to obtain a legal declaration that her daughter is dead. The mother’s family said in a statement ahead of the fifth anniversary of Ayla Reynolds’ disappearance that the declaration is necessary to preserve the right to assert future claims to hold those responsible for her death accountable. The police investigation continues. (AP Photo/Trista Reynolds, File)

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Trista Reynolds shows Ayla Reynolds, her 2-year-old daughter, who went missing in December 2011 from her father's home in Waterville, Maine. Trista Reynolds, the mother of Ayla Reynolds plans to take steps to obtain a legal declaration that her daughter is dead. The mother’s family said in a statement ahead of the fifth anniversary of Ayla Reynolds’ disappearance that the declaration is necessary to preserve the right to assert future claims to hold those responsible for her death accountable. The police investigation continues. (AP Photo/Trista Reynolds, File)  (The Associated Press)

The mother of a 20-month-old girl who disappeared five years ago while at her father's house in Maine plans to take steps to obtain a legal declaration that the child is dead.

The mother's family said in a statement ahead of the fifth anniversary of Ayla Reynolds' disappearance that the declaration is necessary to preserve the right to assert future claims to hold those responsible for her death accountable.

Ayla was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro, in Waterville when she was reported missing on the morning of Dec. 17, 2011. DiPietro said the toddler wasn't in her bed, and he believes she was abducted.

Police found blood in the father's basement bedroom. Police believe Ayla was killed. No one has been charged with a crime. The investigation continues.