Baby Elaina’s killers, an Ohio mom and her ex-boyfriend, have pleaded guilty for murdering their 18-month-old daughter. Elaina Steinfurth was found in a box located in the couple’s garage three months after she was reported missing.
Steven King II, the 24-year-old boyfriend of mother Angela Steinfurth, told a Toledo judge that he had found the girl injured in her bedroom, and that he tried to resuscitate her. He said he then smothered her to death and put her in a box. The girl’s remains were found in September in the rafters of a garage that belongs to King’s family.
King pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and obstructing justice. He was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years.
Angela Steinfurth entered a type of guilty plea to murder and obstructing justice under which she maintains her innocence but acknowledges prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her, North West Ohio reported.
She was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison in accordance with her plea deal. She did not make a statement in court today. Prosecutors said Steinfurth was upset when the toddler wouldn’t stop crying, and she tossed the child across her bedroom.
The child suffered severe injuries, and the next day Steinfurth noticed the baby wasn’t breathing well.
Prosecutors said that’s when King killed the baby.Angela Steinfurth and her two daughters stayed with King at his family’s home on June 1, investigators have said. Elaina’s
father, Terry Steinfurth, went to the residence to pick up his two daughters the next day, but only Elaina’s four-year-old sister could be found.
Authorities searched homes, vacant buildings and the Maumee River near downtown for any sign of Elaina while volunteers looked through neighborhoods and parks.
DNA tests confirmed the skeletal remains found in the garage were of Elaina.