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Steinfurth, King sentenced for death of Baby Elaina

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More than six months after Toledo toddler Elaina Steinfurth was first reported missing, her mother Angela and Angela's ex-boyfriend Steven King were sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole.

King pleaded guilty to aggravated murder. Steinfurth maintained her innocence by entering an Alford plea.

Elaina was first reported missing June 2 by her father. Her body was found three months later hidden in the garage where Steven King lived.

An autopsy report showed Elaina suffered five broken bones. The coroner says those injuries were not accidental.

Tuesday, we learned the toddler died because she wouldn't stop crying. Steven King admitted his role in the toddler‘s death in court. He told the judge he found Elaina in a bedroom. She was injured and having trouble breathing.

"I tried to do CPR on her, but blood started coming out of her mouth and nose. She was hardly breathing, and she was unconscious. I panicked. I thought she was dying. I covered her mouth and nose with my hand and held it there until she stopped breathing. After Elaina died, I wrapped her body in a bag and hid her body in the garage," King said.

He said he knew it was the wrong thing to do.

"I gave police misleading and false information about Elaina on that morning and on a number of days after June 2," he said.

Judge Ruth Ann Franks called King a coward

"You had the opportunity to seek medical treatment intervention that possibly could have saved that little baby girl's life, and you put your own wellbeing first, your own fears of what would happen to you, and with cold calculation you smothered that little girl. You took the last breath from her," the judge said.

She sentenced King to life with the eligibility of parole after 25 years.

A short time later, Angela Steinfurth cried and declined to speak at her court appearance. She entered an Alford plea, in which she denied committing a crime but admitted there is enough evidence to find her guilty.

The prosecutor said Elaina was killed because she was crying too much and made Steinfurth mad.

"Once she became frustrated, she tossed the child across the bedroom in 704 Federal Street, causing the child to hit the bed then floor," the prosecutor said. "At the time she did this, her co-defendant was present, and shortly thereafter they engaged in sexual intercourse."

The next morning, prosecutors say Steinfurth knew her daughter need medical help.

"She noticed that a child had a black eye, swollen nose, dried blood caked and a lump on her head, and Baby Elaina was not breathing well," the prosecutor said.

Judge Gary Cook called the mother's actions disturbing.

"You're selfish, and your disregard for life not only hurt baby Elaina, but hurt everyone. It was a selfish act," he said.

The judge accepted the plea agreement and sentenced the mother to life.  She will be eligible for parole after 18 years. 

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