Death of 5-year-old Elijah Lewis ruled homicide, died of violence and fentanyl intoxication

The 5-year-old New Hampshire boy who went lacking in October and whose physique was discovered buried in a wooded space 9 days later, died from violence, neglect and acute fentanyl intoxication, in line with his post-mortem outcomes.

5 yr previous Elijah Lewis.New Hampshire Dept. of Justice

Elijah Lewis was reported lacking Oct. 14 by the New Hampshire Division for Youth and Households. His physique was found buried within the woods in Abington, Massachusetts, on Oct. 23.

The New Hampshire Lawyer Basic’s Workplace launched Lewis’ post-mortem outcomes Monday. 

The way of demise was dominated a murder and the reason for demise a mixture of violence and neglect together with facial and scalp accidents, malnourishment and stress ulcers. 

Elijah’s mom, Danielle Denise Dauphinais, 35, and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf, 30, stay held with out bail on prices of witness tampering and baby endangerment. 

The 2 had been arrested in New York Metropolis and pleaded not responsible final month.

In a assertion relating to the costs, New Hampshire prosecutors alleged the pair requested individuals to lie about Elijah’s whereabouts and violated “an obligation of care, safety or assist for Elijah.”

“I didn’t assume it was this unhealthy, no, I didn’t need it to be this unhealthy,” Elijah’s uncle Randy Stewart stated to NBC Boston on the post-mortem outcomes. “You simply type of hope it was peaceable, and never so barbaric, however that’s simply not the case.”

Nobody has been charged with inflicting Elijah’s demise. Prosecutors beforehand stated they’d look ahead to the post-mortem outcomes earlier than continuing with prices.

The investigation into Elijah’s demise is ongoing, the New Hampshire Lawyer Basic’s Workplace stated.