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Moments before Minnesota police arrested Julissa Thaler, 28, in the death of her 6-year-old son Eli Hart, officers found blood in her car but drove her home without further incident.
Her excuse: The blood was from a tampon and the flesh found on her body and in the seats was from a deer she picked up from a butcher, according to new documents, FOX 9 of Minneapolis reported.
In the new documents, Orono police say they located Thaler’s car after they were initially told of a car with a shattered window driving over a flat tire.
During the traffic stop, Orono officers said they found what appeared to be blood on his person and additional blood and bits of flesh in the car, FOX Minneapolis reported.
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Officers also saw a bullet hole in the car and casings, but none of those details led them to detain Thaler initially, the documents say.
Instead, officers drove Thaler to his home while other officers who remained at the scene inspected the vehicle, according to the report.
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Officers then found the body of Thaler’s son in the trunk of the car.
The body was found next to a shotgun and an autopsy later revealed young Eli’s body had been shot up to nine times, including his head, Fox 9 reported.
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The Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office later charged Thaler with second-degree murder. Thaler’s boyfriend was in the car during the first traffic stop and was taken into custody before being released due to lack of evidence to charge him.