Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty called Eli’s death "one of the most horrific cases I have encountered in 30 years working in the criminal legal system."
A KARE journalist inside the courtroom reported Orono Police Detective Kyle Kirschner testified Thaler looked up incriminating topics on Google around the time of her son’s death, including "How much blood can a 6-year-old lose," "How much whiskey to give a baby," "Most powerful knockout drug," "Does life insurance cover drowning," "Most expensive life insurance policy for a child," and more.
Thaler was pulled over by Orono Police on May 20 after someone called to report a car driving without one of the front tires and on its rim with a back window smashed out. According to the probable cause affidavit, police noticed Thaler had blood on her hands and there was a shotgun shell near her in the car. One of the seats in the back reportedly had a bullet hole through it.
Officers searched the vehicle and discovered Eli’s body and a shotgun in the trunk. She was reportedly released from the scene.
Police then went to Thaler’s apartment and noticed the clothes she was wearing during the traffic stop were inside the washing machine. Thaler reportedly fled on foot and she was detained.
According to the affidavit, Thaler "had blood and what appeared to be brain matter in her hair at the time of her arrest."
Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said police investigated a gas station where Thaler was seen that day. The affidavit says investigators searched a dumpster near the station and found "a backpack, blood, bone, and what appeared to be brain matter."
Police also reportedly found more blood in several other locations.
According to KARE, Thaler and Eli’s father, Tory Hart, were reportedly in the midst of a custody battle when she killed their little boy.
KARE reports when Thaler went shopping for a shotgun and ammo, she reportedly asked for something that would "blow the biggest hole in something."