A Cumberland County probate judge has declared missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds legally dead.

According to documents filed Wednesday, Judge Joseph Mazziotti officially declared Ayla deceased, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Ayla disappeared in Dec. 2011 while she was staying in Waterville with her father, Justin DiPietro.

Her mother, Trista Reynolds of Scarborough, sought to have her child declared dead in order to pursue further legal action, including a possible wrongful death lawsuit against the girl's father.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing.

Maine State Police Lt. Jeffrey Love testified that more than 1,500 tips have come in since her disappearance, and there isn't "any evidence that Ayla is alive.”

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