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Murdered Toledo toddler remembered

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Lucas County Children Services is remembering a Toledo toddler who was murdered. Baby Elaina Steinfurth's disappearance made national headlines. She was later found dead in a box.

"We lost her in the most shocking possible way. The tragedy captivated our entire community and still today we struggle," the director of Lucas County Children Services Dean Sparks.

 It was an emotional day for baby Elaina Steinfurths family as lucas county children services remembered a toddler who was murdered. The 18 month old was honored at the 15th annual child memorial.    
 
"We want everybody to know the community that came out for us we are going to be there for anything else that comes up," said the victim's cousin Ginger Smith.

Scott high schools choir sang. The children's flag was displayed. The doll figures represent the kids lost to violence, abuse, or neglect.
 A candle was lit for Elaina. Everybody in this room wants to end child abuse. The family says they're still trying to process Elaina's death.
 Her mother, Angela and the mother's ex-boyfriend Steven King were convicted of killing her.

"We still are all coming to grips with all of that is it enough its more than we could have every probably gotten but to us is it enough it's never enough we don't have a baby here no more," said Smith.

 Elaina's father TJ did not attend the event.

"TJ's at work. TJ just started a job so God knows he wanted to be here but we came in his place. He just started a job. TJ's fine TJ's doing ok he's still a grieving father," said Smith.

 The victim's family says it's been devastating for everyone. They have vowed to take a stand against child abuse.    

"There's children being hurt that shouldn't be being hurt and if you see it you have to speak up," said the victim's grandfather Terry Steinfurth Sr.

Lucas county investigated more than four thousand suspected child abuse cases and 932 were actually victims

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