The mother of a six-year-old boy found dead in the trunk of a car in Orono has been charged with murder. 28-year-old Julissa Thaler was arrested Friday. Police had responded to a call of a vehicle driving on a tire rim with the back window smashed out. When officers searched the vehicle before towing it, they found the body of a boy, later identified as Eli Hart, and a shotgun inside the trunk. Thaler was arrested near her apartment a short time later. A preliminary autopsy found that Hart was shot multiple times–possibly as many as nine times.
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