A young murder victim, found dead in the trunk of a car, was shot dead up to nine times, authorities said after arresting the boy’s mother.
defendant Julissa Angelica Genrich ThalerHe, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in an alleged homicide Eli Hart6, acc The Star Tribune. A 27-year-old man was also arrested in the case, but prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, say there isn’t enough evidence to formally charge him at this time.
As previously reported, the suspect was arrested on Friday and accused of driving around with her son in the trunk of a damaged car. She was in a custody battle with Eli’s father Tory Hart. As you’d expect, Tory’s fiancee Josie Josephson stood by him, but even Thaler’s family said they feared Julissa was a danger to Eli. They said they intervened to try to save the boy.
“I told the social worker and guardian that I was concerned she would kill Eli to prevent his father from getting custody,” Thaler’s relatives and Eli’s former foster mother said Nikita Kronbergcorresponding The Star Tribune. “I have raised these concerns countless times and they have clearly been brushed aside.”
Thaler’s father said something similar.
“I gave the judge her detailed mental health history,” said her father, who asked not to be named out of concern for loved ones. “I told him she was exhibiting paranoia and auditory hallucinations. I said I fear for Eli’s safety. It all fell on deaf ears.”
This history reportedly included treatment in psychiatric facilities between the ages of 13 and 18, and diagnoses of depression, mood disorders, and borderline personality. However, Thaler got custody of their son and reportedly issued restraining orders against Tory after she claimed he threatened her and injured Eli.
Defendants Thaler’s father fully supported Tory, saying the man was incapable of doing what she was claiming and that Tory was out of state when some of the incidents allegedly happened.
“Tory was the parent Eli deserved,” he reportedly said. “He’s the guy you want to raise your grandchild.”
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends affected by this tragic loss,” a Dakota County spokesman said in a statement. They declined to answer questions about the case. “For data protection reasons, we cannot comment further.”
Police officers in Orono, Minnesota, said they stopped Thaler for a traffic stop Friday morning because the Impala she was driving was missing a front tire and had a smashed rear window, according to KARE11’s complaint. Authorities said the vehicle contained a live shotgun shell and spent casing with an apparent bullet hole in the back seat. Thaler had blood on her hand, but they let her go, authorities added.
However, officers soon determined a likely reason to search the Impala. They said they found Eli dead in the trunk. There was also a shotgun in the trunk.
Defendant Thaler bought a shotgun March 17, six days after Eli’s father filed for custody, according to authorities in a Star Tribune Report.
On Friday, after finding the body, officers went to Thaler’s apartment. The suspect was not there, but there was alleged evidence that the suspect was washing clothes she had worn (the washing machine was reportedly running when authorities arrived). She attempted to leave the area on foot but was arrested, officials reported. Officers claimed to have seen blood and human remains in her hair.
Thaler remains in Hennepin County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
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