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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
death of Elaina Steinfurth was a tragic and captivating story for the Toledo
area last year.
Elaina was reported missing on June 2, 2013. It was months later in December
that her mother Angela Steinfurth pleaded
guilty to murder and her ex-boyfriend Steven King admitted he killed Elaina
by putting his hand over her nose and mouth until she stopped breathing.
of police reports, search warrants and photos have been released to Toledo News
Now from the police. Those documents shed more light on what happened inside
the investigation from day one.
June 3, the day after Elaina was reported missing, Angela and Steven were
interviewed separately by police.
Steven's interview, he told police he ended the relationship with Angela about
a week before because he didn't like her parenting skills and how she
disciplined her daughters. He said he was told Angela hits Elaina on the head.
Angela and Steven said in those first interviews that Steven put the children
to bed on the night of June 1, when Angela and her daughters came to stay at
the King residence temporarily. They also said that during the day on June 2
only Steven ever checked on Elaina as she slept in the bedroom.
told police that Elaina had been injured and that she believed Steven did it,
although he had told her at the time that Elaina's 4-year-old sister Kylee accidentally
hit Elaina while sleeping, resulting in a black eye and blood in her nose.
Angela said she was afraid of Steven.
same day, police interviewed Kylee Steinfurth, who told them Steven was not
nice. The reports say Kylee told investigators to, "Take Steven to jail because
he is being mean to my dad and my mom." Kylee also said Steven punched her in
the leg, but that she did not see him hit anyone else.
little more than a week later, Angela was arrested and charged with child
endangerment for not reporting Elaina's injuries when they occurred.
June 17, Angela agreed to give a statement. That was the first time she
admitted Elaina was dead. Although she initially said she heard Elaina crying
and then a thud when Steven was putting her to bed, Angela later recanted and
said she was in the bedroom and saw Steven throw Elaina on the floor.
next morning, Angela said Elaina was dead and Steven said he would "take care
of her." She told investigators that Steven wrapped Elaina in a blanket and
took her to the Maumee River.
Elam, an inmate at the Lucas County Jail with Angela, came forward a few days
later with a statement. Elam told investigators that Angela had told her the
same story that she had previously told police, with the exception that
according to Angela, Steven had been high on suboxone on the night of June 1,
and that it was Angela that threw Elaina's body into the Maumee River.
than a month after that, Steven King was arrested and charged with obstruction
of justice on July 22. It wasn't until September 5 that he admitted to
suffocating Elaina on June 2, but his story still differed from Angela's.
maintained that he did not see any injuries on Elaina on the night of June 1 or
the next morning. He said he put her down for a nap and they went to the store.
Upon returning, Steven said Angela called him into the bedroom where Elaina was
not breathing properly, so he performed CPR. He told investigators he was not
in the room to see what Angela did to hurt Elaina.
said blood came from Elaina's nose and mouth as a result of the CPR. He said he
didn't know why Angela didn't call 911, but that he didn't because he was
scared. He admitted to putting his hands over Elaina's nose and mouth and
suffocating her, then said Angela blamed him and told him to get rid of Elaina's
said he put Elaina's body in a garbage bag, then put the bag inside a box and
put it in the upper storage area in the garage. That day, police searched the
garage and found the box with Elaina's remains.
Toledo News Now will
continue to look over these documents in an attempt to reveal the full story
behind what happened to Elaina.
For all our coverage of
Elaina's disappearance, click
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:27 GMT
Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >
Sunday, July 27 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:19:04 GMT
NWS: Macroburst hit north Phoenix with 100 mph winds
A macroburst with winds in excess of 100 mph hit north Phoenix Saturday night, snapping power poles, toppling trees and cutting power to 33,000 utility customers, the National Weather Service said.More >
Intense macrobursts can cause tornado-force damage of up to F3 intensity, the National Weather Service said after it confirmed the event. The Paradise Valley Hospital sustained rooftop damage.More >