Prosecutors want to use texts between boyfriend, mom in Elijah Lewis murder case

May 1—Prosecutors getting ready for the murder trial of a mom accused of killing her younger son plan to introduce probably incriminating textual content exchanges between the lady and her former boyfriend as proof.

Danielle Dauphinais is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 7 on a number of expenses — together with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, little one endangerment and witness tampering — in reference to the dying of her 5-year-old son, Elijah Lewis.

Elijah’s stays have been discovered in October 2021 buried in Abington, Mass., after child-protection employees informed police he had not been seen for six months.

An post-mortem decided Elijah died from facial and scalp accidents, acute fentanyl intoxication, malnourishment and mattress sores, signaling that he had most likely been confined to a mattress or different furnishings for lengthy durations of time.

Joseph Stapf, Dauphinais’s boyfriend on the time of Elijah’s dying, pleaded responsible in September 2022 to manslaughter in reference to the Merrimack boy’s dying.

Stapf, 32, who additionally pleaded responsible to second-degree assault, concealing proof and witness tampering, was sentenced to 22 to 45 years in state jail.

Earlier this month, prosecutors filed motions stating their intent to introduce proof from cellphones owned by Dauphinais and Stapf — particularly textual content messages exchanged between the 2 — main up to and through the timeframe officers say Elijah was killed.

Elijah was killed someplace between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24 in 2021, in accordance to prosecutors.

According to courtroom paperwork, Merrimack police consider Elijah arrived in New Hampshire in May 2020 and lived together with his mom and Stapf in a basement house at 7 Sunset Drive owned by Stapf’s mom, Joanne Stapf.

Dauphinais and Stapf had a toddler collectively, J.S., born in 2019, who additionally lived with them.

Dauphinais’s and Stapf’s telephones have been used earlier than Elijah’s arrival in New Hampshire, by the alleged time-frame of his dying, till someday round Oct. 15, 2021, when the pair bought and activated new telephones, in accordance to courtroom paperwork.

Court paperwork comprise a textual content change between Dauphinais’s and Stapf’s telephones the morning of Sept. 24, 2021, that learn as follows:

“9:34:47 A.M. Stapf phone 1: Lol so much! Ugh I feel like a whole load of bricks just was removed off my chest..

9:36:59 A.M. Dauphinais phone 1: Seriously, like i can breathe and be free. I was a prisoner for so long baby. It was hell, it wasn’t how I wanted [J.S.] to be raised. She deserves the whole world. We deserve nothing but happiness and health. Time to kick ass and make moves. Time to create a life our beautiful children deserve.

9:41:02AM Dauphinais phone 1: I can’t wait to go places with you babe.”

Not seen in months

Law enforcement started on the lookout for Dauphinais and Stapf on Oct. 14, 2021, after the state Department of Children, Youth and Families informed Merrimack police that Lewis had not been seen in months. Later, police stated Lewis had been seen throughout the earlier month.

Prosecutors allege Dauphinais and Stapf inspired others to lie about Elijah’s whereabouts, in accordance to witness-tampering expenses.

Prosecutors allege in courtroom paperwork that Dauphinais and Stapf ditched their telephones whereas on the run, then paid for and activated two SimpleMobile pay as you go mobile telephones with money and merchandise playing cards at a Target retailer in Burlington, Mass.

After a number of days of trying to find proof close to the Merrimack dwelling the place Lewis and Dauphinais lived, authorities launched a search of Ames Nowell State Park in Abington, Mass., a city about half-hour southeast of Boston.

On Oct. 23, a New Hampshire State Police cadaver canine positioned Elijah’s physique buried in a roughly dug, shallow gap in a wooded space in Abington close to an house advanced at 585 Chestnut St. — according to the world the place location information positioned Dauphinais’s and Stapf’s newly-purchased cellphones on Oct. 14, 2021, at 11 p.m. till Oct. 15, 2021, at 12:52 a.m.

A text-message chain between the 2 telephones included in courtroom paperwork between Oct. 14 and 15 reads as follows:

“11:28:49 P.M. Dauphinais Phone 2: You ok?

11:29:24 P.M. Stapf Phone 2: Have to get thru a swamp. Fml

11:29:54 P.M. Dauphinais Phone 2: Are you serious

11:36:54 P.M. Dauphinais Phone 2: Keep me posted

11:37:22 P.M. Stapf Phone 2: This is tough. Big roots. Let me try.

11:37:45 P.M. Stapf Phone 2: I have to get it done.

11:37:47 P.M. Stapf Phone 2: Ugh”

Stapf is predicted to testify in opposition to Dauphinais when her trial begins in October.

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