Elijah Lewis, 5, identified by dental records, pending cause of death
CONCORD – Attorney General John M. Formella, New Hampshire State Police Col. Nathan A. Noyes and Merrimack Police Chief Brian K. Levesque announce that an autopsy was performed today on the remains found yesterday in Abington, Massachusetts. The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Richard Atkinson of the Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Dr Atkinson was able to positively identify the remains as Elijah Lewis of Merrimack using dental records. However, determination of the cause and mode of death remains pending further toxicological testing and further investigation. It is likely that it will take a few months before there is an accurate determination of the cause and mode of death. At this time, it is expected that no further charges will be laid until these findings are finalized.
Elijah’s mother Danielle Denise Dauphinais, 35, and her boyfriend Joseph Stapf, 30, were arrested on October 17 by officers from the New York City Transit Authority in Bronx, New York, for witness tampering and endangerment of children and are held in preventive detention. detention in New Hampshire.
The witness tampering charges allege that Dauphinais and Stapf each asked other people to lie about Elijah and where he lived, knowing that child protection officers were looking for Elijah. The endangerment charge alleges that they violated a duty of care, protection or support to Elijah.