Boyfriend of slain NH boy’s mother to enter manslaughter plea

Elijah Lewis' mother, Danielle Dauphinais, and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf.
Elijah Lewis' mother, Danielle Dauphinais, and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf.(Source: NH DOJ, WHDH via CNN)
Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 11:37 AM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The boyfriend of a slain 5-year-old New Hampshire boy’s mother plans to plead guilty to manslaughter.

A plea notice filed on behalf of 31-year-old Joseph Stapf also says he plans to plead guilty to second-degree assault, falsifying physical evidence, and witness tampering following the death of Elijah Lewis. Elijah’s mother, Danielle Dauphinais, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Lewis was missing and later found dead in Abington, Massachusetts, last October. An autopsy showed he suffered facial and scalp injuries, acute fentanyl intoxication, malnourishment, and pressure ulcers. Arrest records have been sealed and lawyers are under an order to keep the information confidential.

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