A Lucas County grand jury has indicted the mother of missing 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth on a charge of obstructing justice.
Angela Steinfurth of Toledo, Ohio had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday in Toledo Municipal Court on a child endangerment charge, but court records show prosecutors dropped the charge and said they would bring the case before the grand jury for an indictment.
The indictment for obstructing justice does not include specific details of the allegations against Steinfurth, but it accuses her of communicating false information to "hinder the discovery, apprehension, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of another for crime or to assist another to benefit from the commission of a crime."
The Lucas County Prosecutor's Office declined to comment on the indictment Monday.
Ginger Smith, a relative of Elaina’s father Terry Steinfurth Jr., told WTOL Monday morning that the family is happy to see the case moving forward.
Municipal court documents had alleged that Angela Steinfurth failed to seek medical attention for the 18-month-old after she suffered an injury. Angela initially told police she last saw Elaina when she put her down for a nap at her ex-boyfriend Steven King’s home around 12:30 p.m. on June 2.
After Terry Steinfurth Jr. arrived at the house to pick up Elaina and her sister later that afternoon, Angela claimed Elaina was missing.
Her attorney has not returned calls seeking comment on the case.
A police report obtained by HLN Monday reveals details of a possible sighting of Elaina hours before she was reported missing that could alter the reported timeline of the case.
An employee at a Gas-N-Go station about a mile from the house where Elaina was reportedly last seen told Toledo police that she believed Angela and Elaina came in sometime between 7 and 9:45 a.m. on June 2.
The employee said she was certain it was Angela because Angela also used to work at the gas station. She said Angela bought some glazed honey buns and juice and paid with her food stamp card.
According to the employee, Elaina was grabbing for items but was not talking.
She said Angela should have been caught on the station’s video system, but the report stated they were having problems with the system and a detective was unable to view the video to confirm it.
Previously, family members of Angela’s ex-boyfriend have indicated that no adults besides the two of them saw Elaina at all that morning.
The Gas-N-Go employee told HLN that the baby who was with the woman she believed to be Angela Steinfurth did not appear to be injured.
Captain Brad Weis of the Toledo Police Department told HLN Monday that there are no active searches planned today, but investigators are following up on credible leads as they come in.
Weis said police searched near the Anthony Wayne Bridge after receiving a tip Friday, but they found nothing. He would not comment on the tip from the Gas-N-Go employee.