Life sentences in baby Elaina case, still questions
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:34:09 GMT —
The front room at 704 Federal Street on Toledo's East Side is where an 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth took her last breath on June 2, 2013.
The night before, Elaina's mother, Angela Steinfurth threw the 18-month-old against the wall when she wouldn't stop crying, according to investigators.
Toledo Police Captain Wes Bombries reveals information never released to the media, "We found blood, as it was stated in court, on the walls, on the floor, on the blanket, that sort of thing. Then we had to verify who's blood that was."
The crib where Elaina slept was to the right of the front window, against the wall.
On June 18, WNWO obtained an exclusive look inside that room. It had been torn apart by investigators.
WATCH: Exclusive look at the room where Elaina was last seen
"They've searched here four or five times," said Julie King, in a June 18 interview.
In a courtroom statement made by Steven King, the ex-boyfriend of Elaina's mother found Elaina unconscious, and having trouble breathing. He says he tried to perform CPR on her, but blood started coming out of her nose and mouth.
Steven King said in court, "She was hardly breathing and she was unconscious. I panicked. I thought she was dying. I covered her mouth and nose with my hand, and held it there until she stopped breathing."
The baby wasn't found until September 5, 2013. She had been put in a computer box, and placed on a shelf in the garage of the Federal Street home.
Both King and Steinfurth received life sentences, with the possibility of parole after 25, and 18 years, respectively.
Prosecutors did considered the death penalty.
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"Angela and Steven both inflicted serious injuries on this child. The question is, was she dying at the time that Steven King did what he did. We can never answer that question," says prosecutor Jeff Lingo.
There were others home when the incident occurred, but they have since been cleared.
In an effort to clear her name, Steven King's mother, Julie King, voluntarily took a polygraph test despite Steven's attorney urging her not to. She passed.
Investigators now say they are comfortable saying that no one else had any involvement in the death of baby Elaina.
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