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Elaina Steinfurth Case: Boyfriend of missing Ohio toddler's mother arrested

Elaina Steinfurth
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(CBS/AP) TOLEDO, Ohio - The boyfriend of a missing Ohio toddler's mother is being held in jail after police say he lied to investigators about the child's disappearance.

Steven King II appeared in court Tuesday morning in Toledo where a judge set his bond at $250,000.

King's attorney had argued for a lower amount and told the judge that the 23-year-old was not facing a violent charge. King told reporters after his arrest Monday that he is innocent.

Elaina Steinfurth disappeared from her Toledo neighborhood June 2 and ever since, volunteers and authorities have been searching all over the city for the 19-month-old girl.

According to CBS affiliate WTOL, police say King has been impeding on their investigation and that he knows something about what happened to Elaina.

"Every day since this happened we've been out, interviewing, searching, trying to find out what we can verify as truth, and untruth. So I think this arrest helps move this case forward, in that respect. And like I said, expect more to come on this case," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan with the Toledo Police Department.

The child's mother, 25-year-old Angela Steinfurth, remains jailed after being charged with obstructing official business in her daughter's disappearance. Following her daughter's disappearance she spoke with WTOL and said she believes Elaina was kidnapped.

Earlier this month, a fisherman pulled out a clump of human hair while fishing in a local river. DNA tests are currently being done on the hair to determine whether it belongs to Elaina. The results are reportedly expected back this week.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.

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