A man accused of lying to police during the investigation into a missing 19-month-old girl appeared in court today.
Steven King II, 23, of 704 Federal St., is charged with one count of obstructing justice. In Toledo Municipal Court today, he was ordered to be held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Mr. King is the estranged boyfriend of the missing girl's mother, Angela Steinfurth.
Mr. King's attorney argued in court that the recommended bond was too high because, although it's a "possibly violent case" Mr. King is accused of a "non-violent charge."
Judge Timothy Kuhlman, noting the seriousness of the case and the allegations, opted to accept the recommended bond.
Police allege that Mr. King provided investigators with false information during the ongoing investigation. They determined he lied, officials claim, after reviewing video and paperwork.
Ms. Steinfurth, 25, is also being held in the county jail, in lieu of $100,0000 bond, on the same charge.
The toddler, Elaina Steinfurth, was reportedly last seen June 2 at the Federal Street home where Ms. Steinfurth had stayed the night before.
Police have searched the home numerous times, the surrounding neighborhood, trash cans, and the Maumee River looking for the girl. Groups of volunteers have also fanned out across East Toledo hoping to find Elaina.
Despite the efforts, police either do not know or would not comment on the girl's whereabouts, but said the case is still considered a missing persons investigation.
Ms. Steinfurth's stepfather, Richard Schiewe, said he talked to his stepdaughter by phone Monday about 20 minutes after Mr. King was arrested.
“She didn't know that they arrested him and I told her and she broke down crying,” he said. “She says, 'Now they'll find out where my baby's at.' He'll talk. He will talk. Now that he's in there, he will talk.”
Mr. Schiewe said he “about went through the ceiling of my bedroom,” when he found out Mr. King was being charged by Toledo police. He believes Mr. King knows where the missing girl is.
Mr. Schiewe said Ms. Steinfurth has not had any problems with inmates in the jail and Mr. King never attempted to visit her in lockup.
“I feel better that he's in jail,” Mr. Schiewe said about Mr. King, though he wants Ms. Steinfurth to be released.
“She doesn't belong there,” he said. “Like I said, she did wrong by not taking that baby to the doctor or not calling 911, that's what I've said all along. She needs to be punished for that, yes. I can't forgive and forget, but he will tell you where that baby's at. I'm glad [he's] ... in jail.”
Anyone with information leading to Elaina’s whereabouts could be eligible for a $10,000 reward.
Officials ask for tips to be reported to 1-800-225-5324.
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