The mother of a missing 5-year-old child has been arrested along with a man and charged with concealing the boy’s disappearance.
According to officials, Danielle Denise Dauphinés (35) and Joseph Stapp (30) are accused of tampering with witnesses and endangering children.
New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella’s office said in a statement last week that 5-year-old Eliza Lewis was reported missing on October 14, but is believed to have gone missing six months earlier.
“Elijah’s disappearance was never reported to the authorities prior to this time,” but was “last seen by independent persons,” a statement said.
Ms Dauphinés and Mr Stapp have been accused of “soliciting other people to lie about Elijah and knowing that child protection service workers were looking for Elijah,” and “to care for, protect, or support Elijah.” breach of duty”. Prosecutors.
New York City Transit Authority officials arrested the couple in the Bronx, and they will be extradited to New Hampshire, reported NBC News.
Police continue to search for Elijah, and searched a property in New Hampshire over the weekend NBC Boston.
Neighbor Gregory Dopstadt told the station, “Everyone in the neighborhood is doing everything possible to help with this.” He said that he had informed investigators that he had last seen Elijah a year earlier, and was concerned for his well-being- happening.
“He was a very, very skinny kid… My first thought was, ‘I have to make this kid a sandwich.’ He was really skinny. You just wanted to feed him,” said Mr. Dopsted.
The Merrimack Police Department, New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Justice Department are asking anyone with information about Elijah’s whereabouts to be contacted.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / child endangerment