Uncle of Missing Toddler Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Updated 3 years ago

The uncle of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds has pleaded not guilty to assaulting another family member in a dispute about the little girl.A judge Tuesday set a June 27 trial date for Lance DiPietro.DiPietro is the brother of Justin DiPietro, the father of Ayla Reynolds, who was 20 months old when she was reported missing Dec. 17.Lance DiPietro is accused of pushing Justin Linnell to the ground and kicking him on Feb. 6.Linnell is the father of Ayla’s cousin, who lived in the same Waterville house from which the little girl disappeared.Lance DiPietro was reportedly angry at comments Linnell had made about the case.The Morning Sentinel reports that he faces a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted.


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