Missing Toddler Elaina Steinfurth Was Hurt Even Before She Went Missing

missing girl Elaina SteinfurthWe're in week three of the search for missing Ohio toddler Elaina Steinfurth, and there's no news on what's happened to her since her disappearance. But there's plenty of news on what life was like for Elaina before she went missing ... and it only seems to cast more suspicion on the people who were supposed to love and care for this girl.

Angela Mories (also sometimes identified as Angela Steinfurth) is still sitting in jail on a child endangerment charge. The mother of Elaina and her older sister Kylie was arrested last week on allegations that her youngest child was hurt, and she didn't take her to the doctor. Cops are remaining mum on what exactly happened there, but other folks related to the case are more than happy to talk.

People who know Angela Mories and her boyfriend, Steven King, are crawling out of the woodwork to share stories that make the mystery of how a little girl just ups and disappears when she's supposed to be "napping" sound that much more ... shady:

1. A neighbor who showed his face on Nancy Grace but is being identified only as "Frank" said Angela told him Elaina had a bruised eye, bump on the head, and dried blood around her nostril when she woke up on the morning of June 2 -- the day she disappeared.

2. Terry Steinfurth Jr., ex-husband of Angela and father of both girls, has revealed when he showed up to pick up his daughters, he was only given Kylie. He alleges King tried to pick a fight with him over taking Elaina, so he left. When came back with his dad, Steinfurth says he was told the little girl was gone.

3. A police report describes King and Mories' home as “unfit for living,” and describes sewage overflowing from a toilet and dog feces on the floor.

Does any of this mean Mories or King had something to do with Elaina's disappearance?

Maybe. Maybe not.

But it certainly doesn't HELP their claims that they're innocent when we hear that things were so screwed up in Elaina's life so close to the time of she went missing. Things don't look good for Mories or her boyfriend right now.

And that only makes this case harder to stomach. What hope is there for a little girl when the very people who were supposed to love her are being cast in a light this dark?

What do you think happened to Elaina?

 

Image via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

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