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Missing baby Elaina’s mother arrested

NEED TO KNOW
  • Elaina Steinfurth, 1, went missing from Toledo on June 2
  • Missing girl's mom arrested for child endangering
  • Have info? Call the tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI

Tot, 1, put down for afternoon nap, vanishes

Tot, 1, put down for afternoon nap, vanishes

Every second counts: Where is baby Elaina?

Every second counts: Where is baby Elaina?

Was missing baby Elaina’s diaper found?

The mother of a missing 18-month-old Toledo, Ohio toddler was arrested Wednesday night on one count of child endangering.

Angela Steinfurth, 26, also known as Angela J. Mories, is being held at the Lucas County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Steinfurth’s 18-month-old daughter Elaina went missing from an East Toledo home on June 2 where the missing girl’s mother was staying with her ex-boyfriend, Steven King.

King’s mother, Julie King, owns the home where Elaina was last seen alive. She told the Nancy Grace show Tuesday that the last time her son saw Elaina was about 12:30 p.m. on June 2 when Steinfurth changed her diaper and put her down for a nap.

Family members realized Elaina was missing after her father, Terry Steinfurth Jr., came to the house to pick up Elaina and her 4-year-old sister during a custody exchange.

According to police, Steinfurth allowed her husband to take their 4-year-old daughter, but refused to hand over Elaina.

Elaina’s father then went home to pick up his father to help convince his wife to hand over Elaina, Captain Brad Weis of the Toledo Police Department told Nancy Grace Wednesday night.

“At that time, the discussions were further about who was going to get the child, and the child was sleeping. Elaina’s mother didn’t want to wake her,” Captain Weis added. 

Terry Steinfurth Sr., Elaina’s paternal grandfather, spoke to Nancy Grace Wednesday night about what happened when he and his son arrived at the King’s home in an attempt to retrieve Elaina.

“Angela and I argued that she wasn`t going to give me the baby because my son wouldn`t let her have her back if she did,” Steinfurth Sr. said.

“After a short period of time, she agreed to give her [Elaina] to me…I heard what I thought was the baby crying at first. I figured she woke her up. And then I realized it was Angela crying and screaming that she was not going to give me the baby because if she did, she`d never see it again,” Steinfurth Sr. said.

About fifteen minutes later, the missing girl’s grandfather told Grace that Elaina’s mother came running out of the house, and screamed, “The baby is gone!”

“I don`t see how the baby could go out without somebody seeing them carry it out,” Steinfurth Sr. added.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in the case, police say Elaina’s mother “did violate her duty of care, protection and support with respect to her minor child [redacted] 18 months of age.”

“Steinfurth did admit to law enforcement officers that she was aware that her minor child had sustained serious physical injury and that her minor child required medical treatment…[she] further admitted that she failed to ensure that her minor child received the necessary medical treatment for that said injury,” the document added.

Angela Steinfurth’s stepfather, Richard Schiewe, told the Nancy Grace show Thursday that Steinfurth called him from jail Wednesday night after she was arrested.

“Nobody is saying if she [Elaina] is alive. I told detectives last week we are not going to find her alive and that’s what my gut is telling me,” Schiewe said.

Steinfurth’s public defender James MacHarg could not be reached for a comment Thursday. HLN’s repeated calls to Steinfurth for a statement have not been returned.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for June 20.

Elaina has blue eyes and brown hair. She’s approximately 2 feet tall and weighs 21 pounds. She was last seen wearing orange shorts with flowers.

Anyone with information regarding her disappearance is urged to call the tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI. There’s a $10,000 reward.

 

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