Mother of missing toddler indicted on obstruction of justiceWritten by Evan Brune Casey Harper | | email@example.com
Angela Steinfurth, the mother of missing 18-month-old toddler Elaina, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of obstruction of justice June 24.
She went before a grand jury for child endangerment charges after a preliminary hearing on the morning of June 24.
According to Lynn Carder, executive director of the Toledo-Lucas County Victim Witness Assistance Program, Steinfurth will enter a plea on the indictment, and the judge will decide whether or not to reduce her bond from $250,000.
“I’ve seen them lessen the bond, but I’ve also seen them increase it. It’s up to the judge,” Carder said.
Angela made no statement in court June 24. Her arraignment is set for 9 a.m. June 26.
“I’m happy,” said family member Ginger Smith at a court appearance June 24. “Hopefully, we’re going to get somewhere now.”
Smith is a cousin of Elaina’s father, Terry Steinfurth Jr.
Angela was arrested June 12. Searchers will continue looking for Elaina.
Elaina was reported missing June 2 when her father Terry Steinfurth Jr. came to pick up his daughter between noon and 1 p.m. at a home on Federal Street. An argument ensued when Angela refused to give him Elaina, according to several witnesses.
Almost an hour after the start of the argument, Angela went in to get Elaina but came out “crying and screaming” that Elaina was gone, according to Terry Steinfurth Sr., Elaina’s grandfather.
The family began searching the area for Elaina. They called the police when she could not be found.