The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

World, nation, state

December 3, 2013

Mom, ex-lover indicted in tot’s death

TOLEDO — A woman and her former boyfriend were indicted Monday in the death of her toddler whose remains were found three months ago after a summer-long search for the girl.

A grand jury indicted the mother, Angela Steinfurth, on a murder charge while the former boyfriend, Steven King II, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

Both have been in jail since the summer on charges of obstruction after 19-month-old Elaina Steinfurth was reported missing in early June.

Authorities searched homes, vacant buildings and the Maumee River near downtown for any sign of Elaina while volunteers looked through neighborhoods and parks. The girl’s remains were found in September inside a box in the rafters of a garage that belongs to King’s family.

DNA tests confirmed the skeletal remains were of Elaina.

Angela Steinfurth and her two daughters stayed with King at his family’s home on June 1, investigators have said. Elaina’s father went to the residence to pick up his two daughters the next day, but only Elaina’s 4-year-old sister could be found.

Investigators have said Steinfurth knew Elaina had been seriously injured and didn’t seek medical help. They would not say what type of injuries the toddler had or who caused them.

Steinfurth has been in jail since mid-June. A judge wouldn’t allow her to leave jail for Elaina’s funeral in September. Her attorney has declined to comment.

King was charged in July with lying to investigators about the child’s disappearance. He told reporters after his arrest that he is innocent. A message seeking comment was left for his attorney on Monday.

The county coroner’s office said in November that Eliana suffered injuries indicating “non-accidental trauma,” and that there were severe, acute fractures to the girl’s arm and leg joints.

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