Steven King appeared in court Thursday morning in connection to the case of missing baby Elaina Steinfurth, a case prosecutors now call a homicide.
King, the ex-boyfriend of Elaina's mother Angela Steinfurth, was arraigned on a charge of obstruction of justice. He was indicted by a Lucas County Grand Jury last week.
WNWO spoke to Steven King's attorney, Peter Rost, who claims this charge is being used as a tactic for King to confess.
"There are no homicide charges pending against anyone at this point," Rost said.
On July 22, Toledo Police filed a complaint against King, allegeding he made numerous false statements to them. The complaint came after review of video and potential evidence collected during their investigation into Elaina's disappearance.
Angela Steinfurth has been in jail on an obstruction of charge and is scheduled to appear in court next on Aug. 14.
King and Steinfurth were the last people seen with the toddler.
In late June, a report surfaced that Angela Steinfurth confessed to a fellow Lucas County Jail inmate that she and King threw Elaina's body in the Maumee River. "She told me they wrapped her up in blanket and took her down by the High Level Bridge," said a relative of the inmate. "And, he (King) stood behind her and she [Angela] threw this baby in the river."
King's bond is set at $250,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court August 15 at 8:30 a.m.
Elaina's family hopes criminal charges waged against King and Steinfurth will reveal the missing baby's location.