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Charges: Mom fatally shot 6-year-old son, hid his body in trunk of car

ORONO, Minn. (FOX 9) - The mom of a 6-year-old boy who was found fatally shot in the trunk of the car she was driving in Mound on Friday has now been charged with murder, accused of shooting him up to nine times in the car with a shotgun.Julissa Angelica Genrich Thaler, 28, of Spring Park, was charged Monday with second-degree murder, with intent, in the killing of her 6-year-old son, Eli Hart, on Friday, May 20. Thaler's first court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Her bail has been set at $2 million, court documents show. Another person, a man, was also taken into custody on Friday in connection to Eli's death. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office told FOX 9 on Monday there is insufficient evidence at this time to charge him in connection to Eli's death. Eli's family has launched a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral costs. Eli was a kindergarten student at Shirley Hills Primary School in Mound, Westonka Public Schools said Saturday.

 Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok spoke with members of the media about the discovery of a body inside the trunk of a vehicle that was stopped Friday morning in Mound.According to the criminal complaint and Orono police, at about 7 a.m. on Friday, May 20, police officers conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Thaler, that was missing its front tires and was riding on the rim. The back window of the vehicle was broken out and there appeared to be blood on Thaler’s hand.

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