CRIME

Ayla Reynolds' Home Vandalized: Jeremy Hanson Admits To Window Smashing

A teenage confessed to vandalizing the home of missing 2-year-old Ayla Reynolds, according to an announcement from the Waterville Police Department.

Jeremy Hanson, 19, admitted to smashing two windows with a baseball bat on Feb. 3 at Reynolds' grandmother's house, The Morning Sentinel reports.

It is unclear whether Hanson has any connection to the Reynolds family, but authorities do believe that the mischief was "not random" and possibly related to the suspect's frustrations regarding the missing girl's case, Wateville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey told The Huffington Post.

Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, currently resides at the home, where the child was reporting missing on Dec. 17, 2011.

When the vandalism was reported, Police Chief Joseph Massey called it "'a cowardly act,' and stressed that harassing, intimidating and illegal behavior was not helpful. He said it distracted officers in their search for Reynolds.

Hanson is charged with one count criminal mischief and violating the terms of a previous arrest. He was out on bail on charges brought by the state police for reckless use of a weapon, dangerous driving and criminal mischief, according to WMTW. Hanson is expected to appear in the Waterville District Court for the charges on May 8th.

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