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Coroner: Baby Elaina’s death a homicide

  • Missing 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth's remains were found in box in garage after 3-month search
  • Coroner calls death a homicide, cites broken bones, 'non-accidental trauma'
  • Mother, ex-boyfriend charged with obstruction; No other charges filed yet in connection with Elaina's death

Timeline: How the baby Elaina case unfolded

Timeline: How the baby Elaina case unfolded

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Baby Elaina case: Who's who

Baby Elaina case: Who's who

The death of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth was a homicide, the Lucas County Coroner’s Office confirmed Wednesday.

Elaina was reported missing on June 2 from the home of her mother’s ex-boyfriend on Federal Street in Toledo. When Elaina’s father came to pick her up there that afternoon, her mother, Angela Steinfurth, claimed the baby had disappeared after she put her down for a nap.

Three months later, on September 5, police found Elaina’s remains in a box in the garage of the Federal Street house. It is still unclear how her remains got there or how long they were hidden there.

In a statement released Wednesday, Deputy Coroner Diane Scala-Barnett said anthropology and toxicology testing on the body is finished and she has ruled the death a homicide.

According to the statement, there were “severe acute fractures” involving five different bones in the arm and leg joint areas. The injuries were found to be consistent with “non-accidental trauma.”

Scala-Barnett declined to comment on the autopsy results Friday or to provide any additional information beyond what was in the statement.

Angela Steinfurth and her ex-boyfriend, Steven King, were both indicted for obstruction of justice during the investigation of Elaina’s disappearance. Prosecutors have not released details of how they are believed to have obstructed the investigation, and court documents only state that they allegedly communicated “false information” about a crime.

Steinfurth’s next court date is a pretrial hearing on November 20, and King is currently scheduled to go to trial on December 9. Both have pleaded not guilty.

No other charges have been filed in connection with Elaina Steinfurth’s death.

The Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office did not return a call Friday seeking comment on the autopsy results and how they may impact the cases against King and Steinfurth.

Attorneys for Angela Steinfurth and Steven King also did not return calls about the case Friday.

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