Man charged for holding infant hostage

By Ilene Haluska

May 30, 2014

GREENVILLE - What started as a response to a domestic violence call turned into a hostage negotiation that required eight police officers on Harrison Street due to a man threatening a two-month-old infant.

Police arrested Craig Steiner, 33, of Greenville on Wednesday at 2:57 p.m. on charges of resisting arrest and domestic violence after he attacked the infant’s mother. He attacked the woman in the arm and kicked her in the stomach and kept the infant from her. He allegedly also had knives at the residence.

While the mother declined immediate medical help at the scene, she alleged that Steiner “would break her two-month-old daughter’s neck and throw her out the window.” He said he would do that if she didn’t leave with her other two children aged six and eight and after claiming that a neighbor they had problems with was going to visit her when he was at work, according to the police report.

Hostage negotiator, Sgt.. Douglas Flanery, arrived on the scene, and police created a plan of action to keep the baby and surrounding area safe, and to lure the man away from the residence in less than an hour.

After approaching the front door of the residence, police reported the suspect opened the door, walked out, and police tackled him to the ground as he attempted to run.

Police located the infant inside the home and called child services due to the dirty conditions.

Steiner is being held at the Darke County Jail on a $775 cash only bond until arraigned.