Is the Elaina Steinfurth case finally getting a break? Steven King II, the boyfriend of Elaina's mother Angela Steinfurth has been arrested after police say he lied to investigators about the child's disappearance. King appeared in court Tuesday morning, where his bond was set at $250,000. Angela Steinfurth, 25, is still in jail facing obstruction charges in connection with the case.
In a video of Steven King's arrest, he responds to reporters' questions by declaring that they would find out the answers when he was proved innocent.
Elaina Steinfurth, 18 months old, disappeared while staying with Steven King at his mother's home, along with her own mother Angela and her older sister Kylie, 4. When Baby Elaina's father T.J. Steinfurth arranged to pick the girls up in a custody exchange, Angela refused to hand Elaina over and eventually claimed the toddler had disappeared from the home after being put down for a nap.
Steven King has been a major name in the investigation and public interest surrounding the missing Ohio toddler, with multiple rumors alleging that Elaina and her sister suffered abuse, neglect, and overall poor living conditions in his home. In one allegation made by a relative of Angela Steinfurth's cellmate, Angela supposedly confessed that Elaina had died after King threw her against a wall, and that Angela and King then took her body to the High Level Bridge and dropped it into the Maumee River.
Police have declined to comment on how much they know about rumored injuries to Elaina before her disappearance, or whether they suspect Angela Steinfurth or Steven King of knowing where Baby Elaina is. But with King's arrest, it seems authorities may be narrowing in on the truth.
"Every day since this happened we've been out, interviewing, searching, trying to find out what we can verify as truth, and untruth," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department. "So I think this arrest helps move this case forward, in that respect. And like I said, expect more to come on this case."
Police hope King's arrest will offer some reassurance Elaina's paternal family. Her father T.J. has expressed frustration over what has seemed to be a total lack of movement on the case. There have been few publicized breakthroughs since Baby Elaina disappeared, the most recent of which involved two fishermen who discovered what appeared to be human hair while fishing in the Maumee River. The hair was sent to DNA testing, the results of which are expected back this week.
Despite the apparent slow pace, police have insisted that the Elaina Steinfurth case is their highest priority. "I hope that the family can take back from this that this is very important to us, and we do care for them, and for the baby, and we're going to come to a resolution on this case. It may not be as quickly as some people would like, but it's better to have it done right, than to have it done quick."
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that will help locate Baby Elaina.