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Baby Elaina's mother indicted for murder

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  • 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth was reported missing on June 2
  • Her remains were found in a garage three months later
Baby Elaina's mother indicted for murder

Baby Elaina case: Who's who

Baby Elaina case: Who's who

An Ohio grand jury indicted Angela Steinfurth Monday for murder in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, Elaina. Steinfurth's ex-boyfriend, Steven King, was also indicted on charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, according to the grand jury report released Monday.

Elaina Steinfurth, widely known as “baby Elaina” since her disappearance, was reported missing from an East Toledo, Ohio, home -- a house owned by King's family -- on June 2. Angela Steinfurth initially said she last saw Elaina when she put the 18-month-old down for a nap that day.

A massive search of the surrounding neighborhood and a nearby river ensued, but for weeks there was no trace of the toddler.  

Police arrested Angela Steinfurth for child endangerment in June. But prosecutors decided to drop that charge, and Steinfurth was indicted for obstruction of justice later that month instead. In early August, King was also indicted for an obstruction of justice charge.

It was not until early September that authorities found Elaina Steinfurth's remains in a box hidden in the garage of the very house from which she disappeared. Toledo police said they had searched the garage earlier, but they were initially unable to bring cadaver dogs into the garage. 

Calls made Monday by HLN to the attorneys for Angela Steinfurth and Steven King were not returned. Attempts to reach the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office were also unsuccessful.

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