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Elaina Steinfurth's mother, ex-boyfriend indicted for murder

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Angela Steinfurth (left) and her ex-boyfriend Steven King (right) Angela Steinfurth (left) and her ex-boyfriend Steven King (right)
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Angela Steinfurth and Steven King, the mother of east Toledo 1-year-old Elaina Steinfurth and her boyfriend, have both been indicted for murder.

A grand jury indicted Angela Steinfurth on one count of murder Monday. Her ex-boyfriend Steven King was indicted on aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence charges.

Family members, police and the community spent months searching for Elaina Steinfurth after she was reported missing on June 2, 2013. Police found her body in the garage of King's home on September 5.

An autopsy concluded Elaina suffered numerous broken bones as a result of "non-accidental trauma." The Lucas County Coroner ruled the girl's death a homicide on November 6.

Court documents filed Monday allege King purposely caused baby Elaina's death, and that he tried to destroy evidence of the crime.   When it comes to Angela Steinfurth, court documents state her actions contributed to the death of her 1-year-old daughter.

"I assume she's responsible or allegedly responsible for some type of injury the child may have suffered, or that she allowed the injuries caused by Mr. King," explained Jerome Phillips, an attorney who looked over the indictments. He says based on statements of evidence, King is allegedly the primary cause of Elaina's death.

Both King and Steinfurth are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning. Phillips says he wouldn't be surprised if pleas are taken and sentencing takes place.

"I think that's probably best for everybody," he said. "All the families involved need this thing done. You need it behind all the families, you know. They've been through a very traumatic experience."

Count on Toledo News Now for complete coverage of those court appearances.

Even before the girl's body was found, police charged King and Steinfurth with obstruction of justice. Those charges were amended on Monday when a grand jury indicted the two on murder charges, and King on the abuse and tampering charges.

In Ohio, a person convicted or aggravated murder could be put to death.

Click here to read the full grand jury indictment of King and Steinfurth.

Click here to read much more about the Elaina Steinfurth case.

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