FBI divers searching for missing NW Ohio toddler
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:22

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — FBI divers have been searching the Maumee River in northwestern Ohio for a 1-year-old girl who was last seen at her mother's home more than two weeks ago.

The dive team searched for a second consecutive day Tuesday. It also searched the river last week. FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson would only say that the agency has information that led to the river search.

Elaina Steinfurth's mother, Angela Steinfurth, 25, was charged last week with felony child endangering.

Investigators say Angela Steinfurth knew her daughter had been seriously injured but the mother didn't seek medical help. They would not say what type of injuries the baby had or who they believe caused them.

Elaina was last seen June 2. That day, her father went to her mother's residence to pick up his two daughters, but only Elaina's 4-year-old sister was there. Authorities won't say whether they think Elaina is dead.

The FBI dive team is scheduled to stay for several days, officials told The Blade newspaper. Authorities and volunteers also have looked through homes, vacant buildings, and city parks for any sign of her.

Her mother was being held on a $250,000 bond. A public defender representing the mother during an initial court appearance didn't comment afterward.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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