Steven King given plea deal after admitting to murder of baby Elaina

Steven King agreed to a 25 years to life sentence after admitting aggravated murder and obstruction of justice charges.

The man who led investigators to the remains of a missing Toledo toddler accepted a plea deal with prosectuors Tuesday morning, 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.

The east Toledo toddler was reported missing on June 2. In September, investigators discovered her remains in a detached garage at the home King shared with his then girlfriend, Angela Steinfurth, Elaina's mother.

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King told the court he went into the room where Elaina had been sleeping the night before she went missing. King noticed Elaina was injured and tried performing CPR, but blood came out of her mouth and nose. That's when King covered Elaina's mouth and nose until she stopped breathing.

Judge Ruth Ann Franks seemed unimpressed and responded by turning to prosecutors, "Are you satisfied with this sanitized version?" King was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder conviction. He was also given two years for tampering with evidence, one year for abuse of a corpse, and another 2 years for obstruction of justice.

The Lucas County Coroner ruled baby Elaina Steinfurth's death a homicide in November. The report described fractures to her arms and legs as "non-accidental trauma."

Angela Steinfurth is also charged with murder in the girl's death. She appeared in court Tuesday afternoon and sobbed uncontrollably as she was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.


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