The body of a six-year-old boy was discovered in the trunk of a car with a smashed window during a Minnesota police stop.
Eli Hart’s family identified him as a victim after arresting two people during the stop, and police said a domestic incident was being investigated.
Police have not named the suspects, but the teen’s mother, Julissa Thaler, was arrested Friday and is currently in custody on suspicion of murder, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Prison List showed.
Court documents from the Dakota County court showed that Ms. Thaler, 28, was awarded full custody of their son earlier this month despite concerns about her mental health and criminal record from social workers, according to CBS-affiliated channel WCCO.
Orono Police Department officials said they were called Friday morning after reports of a car running on a rim with a smashed rear window.
When they stopped the car, officers noticed blood in the vehicle before finding the dead youth in the trunk.
Police said they arrested the driver of the car while another person was arrested at an apartment complex.
Prosecutors have not officially confirmed the identity of those arrested. “It kind of shocks you, and our hearts go out to the victim and to the officers and first responders,” Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said.
“It is appalling and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community,” said Westonka Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Borg.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are mourning this profound loss.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/boy-body-trunk-car-minnesota-b2084844.html Minnesota: Two arrested after police pulled over a car with a smashed window and found the body of a 6-year-old boy in the trunk