Angela Steinfurth accepts responsibility in death of baby Elaina
An east Toledo mother will spend at least the next 18 years behind bars for her role in the death of her baby daughter.
Angela Steinfurth entered an Alford Plea in Lucas County Common Pleas court Tuesday afternoon to a charge of murder in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, Elaina Steinfurth.
The east Toledo toddler was reported missing on June 2. In September, investigators discovered her remains in a detached garage at the Federal Street home Angela shared with her then boyfriend, Steven King.
Steinfurth was seen sobbing uncontrollably as she entered the courtroom Tuesday. She maintained her innocence but accepted responsibility acknowledging that the evidence against her was sufficient for the court to convict her. She received a reduced sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.
At Tuesday's sentencing, prosectors said Angela threw her daughter across a room, off the bed and onto the floor before having sex with King. The girl cried the next day as she was suffering from a bump on her head, bloody nostrils and a black eye.
Steven King given plea deal after admitting to murder of baby Elaina
The man who led investigators to the remains of a missing Toledo toddler accepted a plea deal with prosectuors, keeping him in jail for at least 25 years.
Prosecutor Jeff Ling announced, in Lucas County Common Pleas court, that Steven King agreed to a 25 years to life sentence after admitting guilt in the murder of baby Elaina Steinfurth.
Judge Ruth Ann Franks seemed unimpressed with King's statement to the court. Judge Franks responded by turning to prosecutors, "Are you satisfied with this sanitized version?"
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Prosecutors defend baby Elaina plea deals
Lucas County Prosecuting Attorney Julia Bates was not sure her office could gain murder convictions against Steven King and Angela Steinfurth if the cases went to trial.
"You may ask us why did we make a deal with the devil here today," Mrs. Bates said.
Bates said that the decomposition of Elaina's body left many unanswered questions.
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Prayer vigil for Elaina held hours after killers sentenced
Hours after learning the sentences handed down to those responsible for baby Elaina Steinfurthâ??s murder, family and supporters held a vigil in remembrance of the toddler.
About a hundred people gathered at the corner of Federal and Leonard Street in east Toledo. Itâ??s a location that served as the central meeting place during the search for Elaina.
Family pastors led the crowd in prayer. Many of the somber faces were lit by the glow of flickering candles. Clothing and signs displayed the messages, â??Bring Elaina Homeâ?? and â??Justice for Elaina.â?? They are reminders of the six-month journey since the 18-month old went missing.
â??Iâ??d like to hear more of the story, I donâ??t believe we got it all,â?? said T.J. Steinfurth, Elainaâ??s father. He continued, â??But itâ??s a step forward, itâ??s progress.â??