Mother of missing Toledo toddler charged with obstructing justice

Angela Steinfurth in court Monday, June 24, 2013.

Toledo, OH - The mother of an East Toledo toddler who has been missing for over three weeks has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of interfering with the work of those trying to find her daughter.

Angela Steinfurth was indicted by a Lucas County Grand Jury on a charge of obstructing justice, in connection with the disappearance of her 18-month-old daughter, Elaina.

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Steinfurth, 25, appeared in Toledo Municipal Court Monday for a second preliminary hearing on an intial charge of child endangerment. That charge was dropped when the case went to grand jury. It took the jury less than six hours to return with a bill of indictment.

According to the laws in the state of Ohio, the obstructing justice charge against Angela Steinfurth is considered a felony of the third degree and can bring one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

that charge can carry a sentence of anywhere from one- to - five years in prison and up to a ten-thousand dollar fine.

At Steinfurth's first court preliminary hearing last week, an argument broke out outside the Toledo Municipal Court between Angela's step-father, Richard Schiewe and Angela's estranged husband, T.J. Steinfurth.

Over three weeks have passed since baby Elaina went missing from the East Toledo home where she was staying with her mother and mother's now ex-boyfriend, Steven King. Many in the community have set up vigils for the missing toddler and conducted numerous searches.

Late last week, the Toledo Free Press was able to gain an interview with a woman who says Angela Steinfurth gave a jailhouse confession stating she was involved in the disappearance of her daughter.