A 5-year-old boy discovered useless in Massachusetts had fentanyl in his system and succumbed to “violence and neglect,” authorities mentioned.
The loss of life of Elijah Lewis, of Merrimack, NH, was dominated a murder, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office announced Monday.
“The cause of Elijah’s death was determined to be violence and neglect, including facial and scalp injuries, acute fentanyl intoxication, malnourishment and pressure ulcers,” the assertion learn.
The boy’s mom, Danielle Dauphinais, 35, and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf, 30, stay held with out bail on prices of witness tampering and baby endangerment.
The couple was arrested in New York City on Oct. 18 and authorities mentioned they allegedly requested others to lie about Elijah and his whereabouts as a result of they knew baby safety staff had been trying to find him. Both Dauphinais and Stapf have pleaded not responsible, the Boston Globe reported.
No prices had been filed in connection to Elijah’s loss of life as of Monday, in keeping with the newspaper.
An aunt of Elijah’s 14-year-old brother mentioned she was “sick to her stomach” from the autopsy’s findings.
“I didn’t expect anything [like] this,” MJ Morrison instructed the Globe. “I was hoping this was an accidental overdose and he got into something [and] they just panicked and didn’t know what to do.”
Authorities started trying to find Elijah on Oct. 14 when New Hampshire’s Division for Children, Youth and Families reported him lacking to Merrimack police after he was final seen at his dwelling someday in September. A state police cadaver canine discovered his stays on Oct. 23 in a wooded space in Abington, about 20 miles south of Boston.
Dauphinais had allegedly known as Elijah the “next Ted Bundy” and instructed a pal “I want him gone” simply months earlier than he was discovered useless.
“I call him the next Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer,” Dauphinais allegedly wrote her pal Erika Wolfe, the Globe reported. “It’s sad but I have no connection with this child.”
Dauphinais allegedly instructed her pal she was retaining Elijah in his room since she couldn’t “trust him anymore” whereas claiming he was taking part in together with his personal feces and urinating on garments and beds.
“I want him gone,” Dauphinias allegedly wrote. “I can’t handle it anymore.”
Police in New Hampshire known as cops in Arizona asking for assist finding Elijah’s father, Timothy Lewis, as authorities began trying to find the boy. Gilbert police realized Lewis now not lived there, and how Elijah got here to live with Dauphinais in New Hampshire by the spring of 2020 is unclear, the Globe reported.
Lewis had beforehand claimed Dauphinais was “violent and impulsive” and had a “history of domestic violence and substance abuse,” in keeping with court docket paperwork of their 2017 divorce. A parenting plan authorised by a court docket on the time known as for Elijah to stay solely in Lewis’ care, in keeping with the Globe.
Attorneys for Dauphinais and Stapf didn’t return requests for remark Monday, CNN reported. They’re on account of seem in court docket in December.