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Elaina search: Ex-boyfriend's relative speaks out

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  • Elaina Steinfurth was reported missing on June 2
  • Relative says mother's ex-boyfriend cooperating fully with police, has taken polygraph test
  • Mother's preliminary hearing on child endangerment charge delayed until Monday
A cousin of Steven King, one of the last people to see toddler Elaina Steinfurth before she was reported missing, has revealed new details of what he allegedly says happened the day Elaina disappeared.

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Christy Edmonds, a cousin of Angela Steinfurth's ex-boyfriend Steven King, speaks out in defense of her family as the search for missing toddler Elaina Steinfurth continues.

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Elaina Steinfurth's father Terry Steinfurth Jr. and her mother's stepfather Richard Schiewe explain what led to their explosive argument following Angela Steinfurth's court appearance Thursday morning.

Every second counts: Where is baby Elaina?

Every second counts: Where is baby Elaina?

A cousin of Steven King, one of the last people to see toddler Elaina Steinfurth before she was reported missing, has revealed new details of what he allegedly says happened the day Elaina disappeared.

King is the ex-boyfriend of Elaina’s mother Angela Steinfurth. Elaina was reported missing from King’s family’s Toledo home on June 2.

Christy Edmonds, King’s cousin, told HLN’s Nancy Grace Thursday that none of the other adults living in the house saw Elaina that day besides Angela and Steven.

Angela’s sister and a family friend have claimed this week that Angela told them Elaina had a black eye and a bloody nose when she woke up on June 2, but Edmonds said King told her he only noticed a small bump on the back of her head when he held her that morning.

“He asked Angela what it was and she said she wasn’t sure, but the kids were playing really hard today, she probably just got a little bump,” Edmonds said.

Last week, police arrested Angela Steinfurth on a child endangerment charge for allegedly failing to seek medical attention for Elaina after an injury. Court documents did not specify the nature of the injury.

According to Edmonds, King said nothing out of the ordinary happened on the morning of June 2. He and Angela went out to a store briefly around 12:30 p.m. and Elaina’s father arrived to pick up her and her sister shortly after they returned.

Terry Steinfurth Jr. told HLN Angela gave him their 4-year-old daughter, but she told him Elaina was sleeping and she did not want to wake him. Eventually, Terry brought his father over to help convince Angela to go get Elaina, and King’s parents came outside, “to de-escalate the situation,” Edmonds said.

Angela agreed to get her and went inside with King, but then Angela told King’s mother Elaina was missing.

A police report indicated that King went out the back door alone during this time and did not return until 90 minutes later, but Edmonds said King’s mother went out with him to check the backyard for Elaina and that her brother eventually joined them.

Edmonds said King has cooperated every time police have wanted to question him and he has taken a polygraph test, but he was not told the results, as is typical during an active investigation. Police have also told HLN that King has been fully cooperative.

Edmonds said she only saw Angela once after Elaina went missing, when Angela went to the King house several days later to retrieve her clothes and some toys.

According to Edmonds, Angela found two bracelets that she and Terry had bought for the girls when they were born.

“She said Kylie will be so happy to get hers back and wear it,” Edmonds said, “and she says, ‘I just didn’t have enough time with Elaina.’”

“As soon as she said it,” Edmonds added, “my stomach went into my throat because I didn’t think it was a comment you would make if you thought your baby was coming home.”

Angela Steinfurth appeared in court briefly on Thursday morning. She was scheduled for a preliminary hearing, but the judge rescheduled it for June 24 at the request of authorities.

Her attorney has not returned calls seeking comment on the charge against her.

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