Baby Elaina's family addresses court postponements and homicide label
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:15:32 GMT —
Nearly 2 and a half months since 1-year-old Elaina Steinfurth was last seen, in an East Toledo neighborhood, her family is still holding out hope that she is alive.
On Wednesday night, Baby Elaina's family and their supporters gathered at the corner of Federal and Leonard for another bi-weekly prayer vigil.
Since June 2nd, the day Elaina was reported missing, her family has been on an emotional roller coaster as they attend every court hearing for the two people charged in the toddler's disappearance.
One of those people is Elaina's mother, Angela Steinfurth, who appeared in court on Wednesday on a charge of obstructing justice.
Again, the hearing was postponed but this time at the request of Steinfurth's attorney who asked for more time to review nearly 30 hours of video interviews taken with Steinfurth and Toledo Police.
"You know if they get this case closed....take all the time in the world you need," Elaina's cousin Ginger Smith said of the delay granted by a judge on Wednesday.
"When they actually said they had something they had to go over and her attorney had to talk to her about that...we were happy. We were really happy because [Angela Steinfurth] came in [court] smiling, but when she left she wasn't smiling," Smith added.
Steinfurth's latest court appearance was the first since a Lucas County Assistant Prosecutor revealed that they now considered the case a homicide investigation.
It was surprising revelation to Elaina's family and father, TJ Steinfurth, particularly since Toledo Police still maintain they are working Elaina's disappearance as a missing person investigation.
"They did apologize for the way it happened. I guess maybe if they would have possibly called TJ [Steinfurth] and said 'Hey. This is what weâ??re going to do and how we are going to do it.' But for TJ to just have it thrown out there in the court...yeah it was a big blow," Smith said.
On Thursday, Angela Steinfurth's ex-boyfriend will appear in court on a charge of obstructing justice as well.
Authorities allege that Steven King lied and hindered their investigation into Elaina's disappearance.