The mom of a lacking 5-year-old New Hampshire boy and a person who was arrested together with her in New York pleaded not responsible on Wednesday to witness tampering and little one endangerment fees as authorities proceed to seek for the kid.
In the meantime, investigators now consider that the boy, Elijah Lewis, was final seen at his residence in Merrimack someday throughout the final 30 days, the lawyer common’s workplace mentioned. The workplace initially mentioned Elijah was final seen about six months in the past. Investigators have searched the world by helicopter and a close-by lake by boat.
Elijah’s mom, Danielle Dauphinais, 35, and Joseph Stapf, 30, appeared for his or her arraignments from jail by way of video. They’ll stay in custody and plan to fulfill with their attorneys to debate bail hearings.
Lawyer data was not instantly out there for Dauphinais or Stapf.
Exterior the Hillsborough County courthouse, Dauphinais’ two brothers made a public plea to her to “come forward” and “say something” to investigators about her son’s location.
The New Hampshire Division for Youngsters Youth and Households notified police on Oct. 14 that Elijah was lacking. The company’s involvement with the boy is unclear.
New York Metropolis transit officers situated and arrested Dauphinais and Stapf on Sunday in the Bronx.
The witness tampering fees allege that they every requested different folks to lie about Elijah and the place he was residing, understanding that little one safety service staff have been looking for him. The endangerment fees allege that they violated an obligation of care, safety or help for Elijah. Courtroom affidavits supporting the costs have been sealed.