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Just 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 meat found on her body and in the seats was from a deer she picked up from a butcher, new documents show, Minneapolis FOX 9 reported.
In the new documents, Orono police officers said they found Thaler’s car after being initially warned about a smashed-window car that suffered a flat tire.
During the traffic stop, Orono officers said they found what appeared to be blood on her body and extra blood and bits of flesh inside the car, FOX Minneapolis reported.
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The officers also saw a bullet hole in the car and casings, but none of those details led them to initially arrest Thaler, according to the documents.
Instead, officers drove Thaler to her home while other officers who remained on the scene inspected the vehicle, the report said.
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Officers 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 that young Eli’s body had been shot up to nine times, including his head, Fox 9 reported.
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The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office then charged Thaler with first degree murder. Thaler’s friend was in the car during the first traffic stop and was taken into custody before being released for lack of evidence to charge him.