Missing Toddler's Mom Arrested in Another Twist to Already Mysterious Case

missing girl Elaina SteinfurthThere's big news in the search for missing Ohio toddler Elaina Steinfurth today. The 18-month-old has been missing since June 2, and as of right now, she is still missing. But cops have hauled her mom, Angela Mories, off to jail.

But don't close the book on the little girl yet. Mories (who has previously been identified in some reports as Angela Steinfurth) wasn't arrested for the girl's disappearance.


So, it seems, are people in the Toledo area, where cops are alleging that little Elaina was hurt -- at some point in time -- and her mom failed to take her to the doctor. They've charged Angela Mories with child endangerment over that incident.

It's sad news.

And yet ... good news? People have been looking for this little girl for 11 days now, ever since dad Terry Steinfurth showed up at Mories' house to pick up his two daughters and was told that Elaina wasn't there.

Hand-in-hand with the search, cops have been interviewing everyone in the child's life over and over and over again, and yet all they've come up with is a child endangerment charge.

You know what that means?

That means they HAVEN'T come up with evidence that little Elaina is dead. It means there are no murder charges on the table. It means there is still hope in all of this.

We tend to jump to conclusions about these sort of missing child cases in America. How many times have you done it? You've watched an episode of Nancy Grace (who has sunk her claws into the Steinfurth story) and walked off thinking, "Oh, the mother did it!" or "Oooh, that grandfather, he looks like a killer."

But if this arrest teaches us anything, it's that we can't make assumptions like that, that we shouldn't make those kind of snap judgments.

Is a child endangerment arrest damning? Sure. But it's not a murder charge.

Let's let the police do their jobs here ... and hold out hope that this little girl will come home.

Have you been following the Elaina Steinfurth case? What are your thoughts on it?


Image via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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Mandy Swanda

Sadly enough, there have been way too many cases like this.  The little girl probably already met a tragic end.  The cops are arresting the Mom for endangerment, because they don't have enough evidence to arrest her for murder, but want to get her off the streets.

nonmember avatar Dawn

I agree with Mandy. They probably suspect strongly that the mother has killed that child, but are arresting her for this so she won't run. It is just sick that these people reproduce.

keelh... keelhaulrose

I hold out hope for that beautiful little girl, but I won't be suprised if it ends tragically.

I'm with Mandy, I think they suspect Mom, and don't want her on the street or want to keep her from running.

Andi Dodd

ummm i may have missed something, but if they havent found a body, how did they know that "little Elaina was hurt -- at some point in time -- and her mom failed to take her to the doctor"?


Lori Rosado

there is an interview with her dad right after her arraignment, and the reporter asked him if he thought she was still alive-he said no. the interview really answers alot of questions...i recommend you all watch it! =(

DorisJean Courtnye Calderwood

There has to be more to the story that we are not hearing at this time. so keep praying for safe return of the little girl.

Jenn Jabber Hughes

It's horrible but in more cases than not the child has been found later on deceased. It's not something I could ever do to my babies since I feel like crying sometimes when I have to get onto them for doing something wrong. lol. Everytime these cases come up I head my dad's voice ringing in the back of my mind. When I was a child, probably 12 or so we had a missing child's case going on in our city and they could be putting updates up on the radio asking for information or help in the case. After listening to one of those while riding around with my dad, he says.. She isn't alive. I asked him how he could know.. He said that's just how it goes with everytime he hears these things. He said why do they never check the sewers? I bet if they would start checking the sewers they would find more of these missing children.

Leisa Michelle Lackey

it was on cnn live last night the mom was in Elaina room 20 minutes before came out saying the baby is missing, I belive the mother is the cause of her daughter missing.

nonmember avatar CF

Wow. Just looking at this baby's eyes says a lot. She looks empty, neglected, worn out kind of and sad.... Poor baby. She's probably gone and if so, RIP angel.

nonmember avatar Serava Lynn

It is very sad what is (or has) happened to Elaina. I live in the Toledo area and rumors are that there is not much hope that this sweet little girl is still alive. Such a sad story. Even worse to hear on your birthday that a beautiful little girl that lives near you is missing and suspected murdered... I really do hope that we are wrong and she has just been hidden away somewhere and is safe.

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