Elaina Steinfurth Confirmed Dead in Tragic Twist in Missing Toddler Case

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elainaPretty much the worst has happened in the Elaina Steinfurth case. Police in Ohio have confirmed that the human remains found in the garage belonging to Elaina's mom's boyfriend, Steven King, are that of the missing toddler. The DNA matched.

It's a fear those of us watching the case have had from the beginning. Sadly missing children often end up as dead children.

And sadly ... often those children are hurt by people who they knew, people they trusted. That's what we're facing with the Elaina case right now.

Police haven't said who they will charge with Elaina's murder. The autopsy was inconclusive, and no doubt there is more evidence to be gathered. Both Elaina's mom, Angela Mories Steinfurth, and Steven King are in jail already on charges related to her disappearance. 

But with her discovery right at home, right on the property where she was last seen, it's pretty safe to say that she was not kidnapped by a stranger, not stolen away in the middle of the night.

It's hard to say which is more unsettling: the thought that there are babysnatchers out there, people who sneak into children's bedrooms in the middle of the night and make off with our precious little ones or the thought that there are people out there who would snuff the life out of a child they were charged with loving and caring for.

Both are sick. But the former puts an entire community in fear. The latter just the children in that particular person's care.

Which is worse? Is there really any comparison?

I don't know that there is. They're awful in their own ways, and they're both problems we have to face in our society with stories like Elaina's.

There are people who fail kids in the worst of ways.

All we can do is continue to be better than that, to hold our own kids close, and to hope that justice will be served.

How do you feel knowing this little girl's fate?

 

Image via National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

child abuse, crime, death

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Joy Robison Ferber

SICK THIS PEOPLE ARE SICK AND EVIEL THEY NEED FAR MORE HELP THAN A SLAP ON THE WRIST . THAT POOR BABY WHAT SHE MUST HAVE GONE THROUGH , SHE IS WITH GOD NOW AND HE WILL DO JUSTICE FOR HER GOD BLESS HER SOUL!


 

Arda Morris

Sure hope that whoever did this horrable, heartless thing gets what they deserve....DEATH!!

Mackenzie Sue Inglet Legocki

atleast the little girl is in a better place but her so called "mommy" should be put threw exactly what she did to that poor little angel my girl drives me crazy sometimes she punched me so hard the other day i almost bled but shes still my number one girl and i would never hurt her

Jennifer Blanchard Dodge

Actually in this case little Elaina could have just been given over to her daddy, who wanted her more than her mother.  It is just sad :(  

nonmember avatar lslsls

people who say that these people deserve death are soooo off, they deserve to sit in a jail cell for the rest of their lives an live with what theyve done, dealth is to easy of a way out

Tammy Sheppard

God has his arms wrapped around her .... rest in peace

nonmember avatar samantha

This is horrible. These parents that could and do actually do these things to inocent children should be shot.. come on, if you don't want your children you bring into this world then don't get pregnant or have kids

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