Agreements between the defendants and prosecutors led to Baby Elaina guilty pleas in the big Toledo, Ohio case, and the sentences have been handed down. The Toledo Blade shared the details on Dec. 4.
Angela Steinfurth, 25, and her boyfriend Steven King II, 24, were sentenced to life in prison for the Baby Elaina guilty pleas. Prosecutors contended that they brutally killed the toddler last summer. Elaina Steinfurth had been battered, bruised and smothered all because she wouldn't stop crying.
The community worried about Baby Elaina after she supposedly went missing June 2. What everybody later learned is that she was already dead at the hands of her mother and mother's boyfriend. It seems that when Baby Elaina wouldn't stop crying, Angela Steinfurth threw the then 18-month-old across the room. She is said to have taken her last breaths as Steven King II covered her nose and mouth and smothered her. King then put Baby Elaina in a box and stored it in the garage.
King and Steinfurth lied to investigators for some time, and lied to Baby Elaina's father when he had arrived at the home to pick her up on June 2. The two have since acknowledged that they knew Elaina needed medical attention the night of June 1, and they did not seek it. Because they feared the consequences of what had transpired, they smothered the baby. King eventually told authorities where to find the baby, several months after she had gone missing.
The baby's remains were found to have had twisting fractures to both of her elbows, her right ankle, right wrist and left thigh. While several may have occurred around the time of her death, it was clear she had endured multiple instances of severe abuse. While the Baby Elaina guilty pleas from Angela Steinfurth and Steven King II don't bring her back, it does seem to bring some justice and closure to her father and extended family.