New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
November 22, 2021

Susan G. Morrell, Senior Assistant Attorney General | (603) 231-1585

Meghan C. Hagaman, Assistant Attorney General

Autopsy Results for Elijah Lewis

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Nathan A. Noyes, and Merrimack Police Chief Brian K. Levesque announce that the results of the autopsy completed on the remains of Elijah Lewis, age 5, are now available.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Massachusetts has determined that the manner of Elijah’s death was homicide. 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.

Elijah’s mother, Danielle Denise Dauphinais, age 35, and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf, age 30, remain held without bail on charges of Witness Tampering and Child Endangerment. The charges against Ms. Dauphinais and Mr. Stapf are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

As previously reported, Elijah’s unknown whereabouts were brought to the attention of authorities by DCYF on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The Merrimack Police Department immediately began an investigation, and was assisted later that day by the New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Elijah had not been reported missing to authorities prior to this time.

The investigation into Elijah’s death remains active and on-going. Anyone with information about Elijah’s death is asked to contact the Merrimack Police Department’s Crimeline at (603) 424-2424 or New Hampshire State Police Communications at (603) 223-4381 or 603-MCU-TIPS (603-628-8477). Lead Investigator Detective Sergeant Kelly Healey, Major Crime Unit, can be contacted directly at

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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