Bond lowered for mother of missing toddlerWritten by Casey Harper | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated at 3:20 p.m. June 26 with response from bail bondsmen
Angela Steinfurth, the mother of missing 18-month-old toddler Elaina, had her bond lowered to $100,000 with no ten percent option at an arraignment June 26. However, according to multiple Toledo-area bail bondsmen, Angela could walk out of jail now for $5,000.
Angela was originally held on a child endangerment charge with a $250,000 bond, but she was indicted on obstruction of justice. She was arrested June 12 and her pretrial is set for July 24.
“I don’t feel that she should get out,” said Terry Steinfurth Sr., Elaina’s grandfather on her father’s side. “Until that baby is found, I think she should sit. I feel she knows more than what she’s saying.”
Every bail bondsmen surveyed by Toledo Free Press said they would pay Angela’s bond for $5,000 and could set up a payment plan for an additional $5,000.
“If she has family support, she could be already out,” said Shon Hunter, owner of In and Out 24/7 Bail Bonds.
Judge Gary Cook set Angela’s bond with no option to pay ten percent. If a judge sets a bond with no percentage option, the incarcerated person can either stay in jail or find a way to get ten percent of the money to a bail bondsmen as a nonrefundable fee. Once the person pays the fee and gets cosigners and collateral property put up, the bail bondsmen will pay the bond so the incarcerated person can get out of jail. If the released person disappears and does not appear in court, the bondsman is responsible for finding the incarcerated person or covering the bond.
The possibility of Angela being back on the street raises questions concerning her safety given the national attention the missing child has garnered.
At press time, Angela is still in Lucas County Correctional Facility awaiting trial for the obstruction of justice charge.
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 Steinfurth Sr.
The family began searching the area for Elaina. They called the police when she could not be found.