Kidnapped Baby Ayla Reynolds Story Is Terrifying For All Parents


Horrible stories that involve children being taken in the night from their beds almost inevitably come back to mom and dad somehow. Very rarely is the story exactly as it seems, but for now, it seems the terrifying story that Ayla Reynolds, a 20-month-old from Waterville, Maine really was taken from her home in the night.

It is the stuff of parental nightmares and it seemed, at first, like some were placing blame on the custody battle raging between mom and dad. But that seems to be secondary to whatever happened to Ayla. Police in Waterville have finally come forward and said that someone went into the home and took her from her bed.

There is a $30,000 reward offered for information leading to finding her, but every parent in the world has just guaranteed themselves a sleepless night after reading this.

Recently, my daughter had something happen to her on a school playground with a stranger. It was nothing as bad as what happened to Ayla, but it was scary and upsetting nonetheless and worse, it was a stranger.

Since it happened, I have had to reframe everything I thought I knew about the world because, statistically, strangers were just not my number one worry. I have also rarely even contemplated someone coming into my child's room and taking him or her in the night. Now I need to worry about that.

My heart breaks for little Ayla and it is hard to imagine why anyone might take her like that. But it is something parents need to consider. Even though 9 times out of 10 when we hear a child has been "taken from their bed" it is because they were actually hurt by a parent, there still are children to whom this happens and apparently, Ayla is one of them.

As far as it seems, both parents are cooperating. They are both just wanting to see their daughter returned and somehow, that makes it all the more terrifying.

If this could happen to her, it could happen to anyone. My thoughts are with this family and mostly for baby Ayla. After a week missing, it becomes less and less likely that this will end with good news, but there is always hope.

Does this story scare you?


Image via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children



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nonmember avatar Alma

@ashja, it says 20 months.

Lebel... Lebelle93

Alma.. thats pretty much two.

Poor baby. :/

ericabb ericabb

Lebelle, 20 months is pretty much 2 *years*.  First poster said months.

This is the first I've heard of this story.  I hope they can find her soon and unharmed.  Even if they do, Christmas would be forever ruined for me.

ashja ashja

@Alma - Yeah, she corrected it after I posted. They do it all the time on this site when people point out errors.

Alma45 Alma45

Ahhh, I see! :-)

nonmember avatar Ashley Amanda

This is one of the reasons I'm slow to clean out the room designated for our 15 month old. Having her crib next to my side of the bed does make for cramped spaces and little romance between Daddy and myself, but it gives me peace of mind!

LikeA... LikeAVirgin

I worry like every other mother, of course. But we have a pit bull that sleeps in front of our twins room (with the door firmly shut!) and it definitely helps me to rest a little easier at night. He is an absolute sweetheart around our family, but very protective of the twins. I feel bad for any stranger that tries to get into that room lol.

attor... attorneymom80

The police chief didn't say a stranger kidnapped her, he only said they determined the baby didn't leave on her own. So she didn't manage to get out of the house and wander away, someone took her out of that house. He won't speculate on who or under what circumstances, meaning it could have been one of adults in the home at the time, she could have been killed then taken out of the house. There was no conclusion that this was a stranger kidnapping. There were many adults in the home that night, and I believe another baby in the same room. It seems very implausible that someone broke in, with that many people there, and took one baby, without taking the other or waking the other up.

elibee elibee

"Police in Waterville have finally come forward and said that someone went into the home and took her from her bed." What did they say exactly?

attor... attorneymom80

This is what the police said:

"We are confident that Ayla did not let herself out of the house," Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said. "We believe that someone removed Ayla from the house, and that is where our investigation is focusing"

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