Mom charged in son’s disappearance called him ‘next Ted Bundy’

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Mom charged in son's disappearance called him 'next Ted Bundy'

A New Hampshire mother charged in her 5-year-old son’s disappearance allegedly called him “the next Ted Bundy” and said “I want him gone” just months before his remains were found.

Danielle Dauphinais, 35, had complained about her son, Elijah Lewis, in a series of Snapchat messages she sent a childhood friend back in June, according the Boston Globe.

“I call him the next Ted Bundy and Jeffery Dahmer,” Dauphinais allegedly wrote to her friend Erika Wolfe. “It’s so sad but I have no connection with this child.”

“He’s been getting worse and worse,” the mom said in another message.

She added that she was keeping the boy in his room because she couldn’t “trust him anymore” after complaining that Elijah was playing in his own feces and urinating on clothes and beds.

“I want him gone. I can’t handle it anymore,” Dauphinais allegedly wrote.

Dauphinais hadn’t spoken to her childhood friend in years before she suddenly replied to one of Wolfe’s Snapchat posts in which Wolfe spoke of her own teenage son’s behavioral issues.

In the exchange, Dauphinais said the New Hampshire child welfare agency was involved but didn’t elaborate further.

Elijah Lewis
The boy’s remains were found in Massachusetts last month.
New Hampshire Department of Justice

Elijah had been sent by his father to live with Dauphinais, who has six children, in May last year, but it wasn’t immediately clear why.

Wolfe told the Globe she forgot about her exchange with Dauphinais until she saw that police were looking for Elijah last month.

The little boy’s remains were found in a wooded area in Abington, Massachusetts, late last month following a 10-day police-led search across five different states.

Authorities started investigating on Oct. 14 when they were made aware of Elijah’s disappearance. The little boy hadn’t been reported missing prior to that date, and it remains unclear how they found out he’d vanished.

It also isn’t clear when Elijah vanished.

His mother and her boyfriend, Joseph Stapf, 30, were arrested in New York City on Oct. 18 for witness tampering and child endangerment.

Authorities said the couple allegedly asked others to lie about Elijah and where he was living because they knew child protection service workers were searching for him.

No charges have been filed in relation to Elijah’s death because authorities say they are waiting for the results of the boy’s autopsy.

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