Man, mom of long-missing 5-year-old NH boy arrested in the Bronx

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missing new hampshire boy Elijah Lewis

Elijah Lewis in May 2020. (Credit: Handout via New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office)

THE BRONX, N.Y. — The mother of a 5-year-old New Hampshire boy who hasn’t been seen in six months, and a man who was with her, were arrested in New York City on Sunday, authorities said.

Warrants had been issued for Elijah Lewis’ mother, Danielle Dauphinais, and Joseph Stapf. The charges were witness tampering and child endangerment.

New Hampshire’s Division for Children Youth and Families notified police on Thursday that Elijah was missing.

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said New York City transit officers arrested Dauphinais and Stapf in the Bronx. 

Both were awaiting arraignment, as of Monday.

Danielle Dauphinais (left) and Joseph Stapf (right) were arrested in connection to the disappearance of a New Hampshire boy (Merrimack Police Department)

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