Elijah Lewis’ mother called him the next Ted Bundy. When the boy went missing, she didn’t report it. His little body was found in a wooded area of Abington, Massachusetts on October 23rd, 2021.
Four months before he was reported missing, Danielle Dauphinais was texting a friend when she started to complain about Elijah’s behavior. She claimed he was getting “worse and worse.” This new evidence reveals how the woman truly felt about her son before he vanished.
“I call him the next Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer,” Dauphinais texted, “It’s so sad but I have no connection with this child.”
The boy would later be found dead and alone; his body dumped 75 miles away from his home.
When New Hampshire Division for Youth, Children and Families responded to Elijah’s home on October 14th to conduct a welfare check, the 5-year-old child was gone. He was nowhere to be found. In fact, no one was at the home. His mother and her boyfriend were in another state and would later be arrested for witness tampering and child endangerment charges.
Elijah was not an only child. Dauphinais has six children in total. She and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf, were found hiding out in New York City on October 14th, apparently not at all concerned with the child’s disappearance.
“I want him gone,” Elijah’s mother texted.
Allegedly the couple had been lying about Elijah’s whereabouts for some time, avoiding child protection services and instilling confusion among those who might be concerned about his wellbeing.
According to the evidence, Elijah Lewis had been confined to his room by his mother as she claimed she could no longer trust him. The damning text messages revealed she was tired of his alleged poor behavior and no longer wanted to be responsible for the boy.
“I want him gone. I can’t handle it anymore.”
The boy had been living with his mother and her partner since early 2020 after leaving the care of his biological father for unknown reasons. Court records indicate that Elijah’s father had previously labeled his ex-wife, Dauphinais, as violent and impulsive. She had been court-ordered to have no contact with the child in 2017.
Yet another text to her friend shows her hostility toward her son and potential motivation for getting rid of him.
“It’s like a [expletive] nightmare that I can’t wake up from,” she wrote.
Witnesses claim the couple had asked others to lie about the whereabouts of the 5-year-old, leading to the witness tampering charges against them. The friend who had been receiving the text from Dauphinais in June of 2021 says she forgot all about the conversation until Elijah was found. Once she remembered she had the messages, she turned them over to the police.
Danielle Dauphinais and Joseph Stapf have not been charged with being responsible for Elijah’s death. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and are awaiting trial.
The area around Elijah’s home had been thoroughly searched but nothing related to the case was ever found. After investigators received a tip leading them to Abington, New Hampshire, the search shifted to the new location. The remains were found underneath the soil and were discovered during a cadaver dog search. It is still unknown when Elijah died and when his body was buried in those woods.
In late October, authorities announced it would be several months before an official cause of death is released to the public.
The case remains under investigation.