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Crying baby hotline available for parents 24 hours a day

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On Tuesday the court handed down life sentences to Angela Steinfurth and Steven King for the death of Toledo toddler Elaina Steinfurth.

The Lucas County prosecutor says Angela Steinfurth tossed Elaina across the room because she was crying.

Her ex-boyfriend Steven King admitted his role, saying he found Elaina on the bedroom floor bleeding and hardly breathing. He says that's when he covered her nose and mouth until she died. He then put her body in a garbage bag and hid it in the garage.

13abc's Kristian Brown spent some time at the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center. There is a Crying Baby Hotline you can call if you ever need help soothing a little one. There are also other techniques you can use to stay calm during the stressful situation.

"When the baby is crying and you have tried everything you can think of to help the baby and stop the baby from crying, the best thing to do is lay the baby down, somewhere safe, crib, play pen, and just take a little breather yourself," says Joanne Carson, a child abuse advocate for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Carson says playing soothing music or calling a loved one can help parents put the moment in perspective.

Carson says it's a message the center wants to share in light of the Baby Elaina case.

"It is so disturbing what a moment of frustration and anger can do, ending up with this poor baby's life being taken," she says.

When all else fails, parents can always pick up the phone. Mercy Saint Vincent Medical Center offers a 24-hour crying baby hotline for parents coping with crying babies. The number is  419-251-5555 or 1-877-251-5437.

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