WATERVILLE  — The father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds said Wednesday he would never harm his daughter and implored whoever has her to bring her home safe.

Justin DiPietro, 24, added that speculation surrounding the case has gotten out of control.

“The questions of Ayla’s arm or bruises or anything else being said are simply ludicruous,” he said in a written statement.

DiPietro said he believes his 20-month-old daughter, who was last seen Dec. 16, is with someone, and he asked that person to “find the courage to do the right thing and find a way to return her safely.” He suggested she could be dropped off at a church or hospital.

Ayla Reynolds was last seen wearing green pajamas with the words “Daddy’s princess” written on them. She is 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds. Her left arm is in a sling due to a brken arm.

Community members have offered a $30,000 reward for information that would lead investigators to Ayla.

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