‘The System Failed Eli’ Family of Slain Minnesota 6-Year-Old Speaks Out

Six-year-old Eli Hart was found dead Friday in the trunk of a car police had stopped in Mound and now his mother is now charged in his murder.

As the tributes and memorials grow for Eli, some of his family members say that they had expressed concern for his safety before his death, and this never should have happened.

Court documents allege Thaler shot Eli up to nine times, and say police found a shotgun alongside the child’s body in the trunk of his mother’s car.

“I can’t even tell you how many times we expressed our concerns,” said Josie Josephson, who is Eli’s father’s fiancé. “I’m beyond frustrated that the system failed Eli.”

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