Mom of missing toddler’s hearing postponedWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The mother of missing 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth appeared in court this morning, where her pretrial hearing was postponed until Sept. 25.
Angela Steinfurth’s defense team told Lucas County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Cook they are continuing to review evidence and asked for more time, which was granted.
Steinfurth is facing a charge of obstruction of justice in the disappearance of Elaina, who has been missing since June 2.
Following the court appearance, Steinfurth’s stepfather Richard Schiewe fought back tears as he told reporters not knowing where his granddaughter is or whether she is still alive gets “harder every day.” He also emphasized both sides of Elaina’s family are grieving.
“This is not a one-sided thing; this is a two-sided thing,” Schiewe said. “They [the Steinfurths] are grieving and so is my family grieving.”
A group of family members and supporters are planning a “jailhouse march” at 3 p.m. Sept. 8, starting at the Lucas County Courthouse and ending at the Lucas County Corrections Center, where Steinfurth and her boyfriend, Steven W. King, are being held. They plan to chant “Bring Elaina Home” and then hold a short prayer vigil in front of the jail.
King, who is also charged with obstruction of justice, will appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 5. His trial has been set for Sept. 16.
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 an East Toledo home. An argument ensued when Steinfurth refused to give him Elaina, according to several witnesses.
Almost an hour after the start of the argument, Steinfurth 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.