Elaina Jade Steinfurth
December 20, 2011 - June 2, 2013
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Angela Steinfurth, who was 25 years old at the time, didn't like the sounds of her 18 month old daughters cries. Instead of trying to figure out what was wrong with the child or trying to calm her down, Angela threw Elaina, who hit the bed and then landed against a wall and as this little Angel lay drying, Angela and her boyfriend, Steven King ll, who was 23 years old at the time, went off and had sex.

On June 2, 2013, Angela reported her daughter as missing saying she had put her down for a nap and when she went to check on her, she was gone. A search took place, with people searching the river and the neighborhood, the search went on for weeks, the child people had started calling "Baby Elaina" was not found. Elaina's biological father, Terry Steinfurth Jr., helped in the search for his daughter.

Police even searched the garage of Angela's home, though at first they were unable to bring in cadaver dogs. Rumors were flying and Police tried to check out each tip that came in. Psychics had claimed that Elaina's body was some-  where in a Jerusalem Township field, crying for her mommy. A woman who was supposedly Angela's cell mate said that Angela told her that  Steven had wrapped Elaina's body in a blanket and thrown her in the river. The first search of Angela's garage had not been sufficient and it was reported that the rafters had never been checked.

A second search of the garage using cadaver dogs, revealed that little Angel Elaina's body had been there the entire time, in a box. The first time, cadaver dogs had not been brought in because there was so much junk in the way. Police got a warrant and went back to get the box. Angela's stepfather had been there for the searches and he said:

"That body was not in the rafters. Somebody went and got that body and put it there"
Richard Schiewe

Steven and Angel were both arrested and Steven was being held on $250,000. while Angela was being held on $100,000. bond.

In a disgusting move, Angela petitioned the court for a furlough from jail so that she could go to the funeral of the very daughter she had killed. Angela's Lawyer, Jane Roman, told Judge Gary Cook that Angela wanted to pay her last respects privately, at the funeral home. Jane presented a letter from the funeral home stating that private time could be arranged for Angela to spend time with her daughter before she was buried. Thankfully, Judge Cook didn't allow the woman who had killed her own daughter to leave jail for the viewing or the funeral. I love this judge!

How disgusting of Jane Roman to even THINK that it would be okay for Angela to attend ANYTHING related to this little Angel's service. At the very LEAST, before going to court, it was clear that Angela KNEW her daughter was dead and that her body was rotting in the garage and she allowed so many people to search for so many weeks, while she knew it was a waste of time. Angela had no respect for Elaina while she was alive, why should think that anyone thought she had a right to pay her "respects" after she killed her?

In court, Steven King said:

"I tried to do CPR on her, but blood started coming out of her mouth and nose. She was hardly
breathing and she was unconscious. I panicked. I thought she was dying. I covered her mouth
and nose with my hand and held it there until she stopped breathing. After Elaina died, I
wrapped her body in a bag and hid her body in the garage"

Steven King had plead guilty to aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to life in prison.

Angela Steinfurth was crying in court and she had nothing to say. Angela entered an Alford plea, meaning she could maintain she had done nothing wrong, say she was innocent, but acknowledges that there is enough evidence to convict her. The Alford plea still means she is convicted and she was sentence to 18 years to life in prison and a find of $25,000. was imposed. Angela had originally been arrested o charges of child endangerment, but that charge was dropped and she was indicted for obstruction of justice. The Judge had something to say:

"You're selfish and your disregard for life not only hurt Elaina, but hurt everyone. It was a
selfish act"
Judge Gary Cook


Elaina Jade

Elaina Jade Steinfurth, 18 months, of Toledo, Ohio, went missing on June 2, 2013, and was found on September 5, 2013. Elaina was born in Toledo on December 20, 2011, will always be remembered as a daddy's girl, loving her big sister and a little girl who always was smiling and playful.

Elaina is survived by her father, T.J. Steinfurth (Becky Navaugh); sisters, Kylee and Layla; grandparents, Terry and Brenda Steinfurth, Marsha Holbrook, Richard Schiewe; uncles, Travis Steinfurth; aunt, Mary Schiewe; cousins, Phil, Travis Jr. Also surviving are great-grandparents, cousins and friends.

Friends may visit at the Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Rd. on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and where Funeral services will take place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will follow in Lake Township Cemetery.

Those wishing an expression of sympathy in Elaina's name are asked to consider Bring Elaina Home, C/O any PNC Bank. www.eggleston-meinert.com

Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 26, 2013

This page was created on June 30, 2014
Death occurred in the state of Ohio

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