Two arrested in Minnesota after police pull over car with smashed window and find body of 6-year-old boy

Officers make grim discovery after seeing blood inside vehicle

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Monday 23 May 2022 06:18
<p>The body of six-year-old boy Eli Hart was discovered in the trunk of a car during a police traffic stop in Minnesota</p>

The body of six-year-old boy Eli Hart was discovered in the trunk of a car during a police traffic stop in Minnesota

The body of a six-year-old boy was discovered in the trunk of a car with a smashed window during a police traffic stop in Minnesota.

The family of Eli Hart identified him as the victim following the arrest of two people during the stop and police said it is being investigated as a domestic incident.

Police have not named the suspects, but the youngster’s mother, Julissa Thaler, was arrested on Friday and is currently in custody on suspicion of murder, showed Hennepin County Sheriff’s jail roster.

Court documents from Dakota County court showed Ms Thaler, 28, was awarded full custody of her son earlier this month, despite concerns social workers had about her mental health and criminal history, according to CBS-affiliated channel WCCO.

Orono police department officials said they were called out on Friday morning after reports of a car driving on a rim, with a smashed back window.

When they stopped the car, officers noticed blood inside the vehicle before finding the dead youngster in the trunk.

Police said they arrested the female driver of the car, while another person was arrested at an apartment complex.

Prosecutors have not officially confirmed the identities of those arrested. “It sort of shocks you, and our hearts go out to the victim in this as well as the officers, first responders,” said Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok.

“It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community,” Westonka Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Borg said.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are grieving this profound loss.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in