WATERVILLE — The uncle of missing child Ayla Reynolds was summoned on an assault charge today.

The uncle, Lance A. DiPietro, 27, allegedly kicked Justin Linnell, 22, in the face after a brief scuffle in a parking lot off College Avenue.

Linnell, who declined medical treatment, is the father of Ayla’s cousin, Gabriella Linnell. Linnell and her mother, Elisha DiPietro, are not married.

Lance DiPietro, of 19 Ash St., was driven to and from the scene by Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, according to Police Chief Joseph Massey, who described the incident.


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