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Toddler Found In Trunk After Day-Long Search

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When 2-year old Wisconsin boy Isaiah Theis went missing on Tuesday, his family says they assumed he had wandered into the wooded area surrounding their home. As a precocious, curious little boy, it wasn’t uncommon for him to do such a thing. But after search parties failed to find him during that sweltering afternoon, police say they wanted to check the cars that sit on the property and were told there was no way the toddler could have gained access to them. Unfortunately, as authorities found on Wednesday, he had.

Isaiah’s father, Justin, runs an auto repair shop near the home and had several cars in his care earlier this week. But, he says, they were all closed up and locked before Isaiah disappeared, and there would have been no way for him to have crawled inside. Search dogs were brought in by police and they went right by the cars without any indication that they had picked up on Isaiah’s scent. More than 2,000 volunteers came out to help search for the boy as the hours ticked by with no sign of him. But around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, when the owner of an Impala came to remove the car from the scene, officers decided to look in the trunk just to be sure. There, they found the toddler’s body.

Now the question remains: how did Isaiah get inside?

“We were operating under the belief that there was no access to those vehicles, and finding out later there was, I was surprised,” said chief deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Steve Moe.

The home and property remains blocked off as officials investigate how the tragedy occurred if the cars had been locked, and an autopsy is underway.

Automobiles can become death traps in the summer, especially for young children and babies. Parents and caregivers are advised to never leave a child inside a car or to let them have access to the car under any circumstances when the weather is hot; here in Kentucky, Bryan’s Law has been passed, which means second-degree manslaughter charges for anyone who leaves a child under the age of 8 in a car and it leads to their death. The law is named for Bryan Puckett, an 11-month old from Winchester, Kentucky who died when his caregiver left him in the car to go shopping.
Image: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Toddler Found In Trunk After Day-Long Search
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  • Patsi Sedivy

    I am just so confused, a 2 year old aloud to run off into the woods? I have 5 children at that age they never left my sight only when I was sleeping. What I think about the trunk of the car? Still where were the parents, obviously the yard of the home was unsafe period.

  • Daneka

    Its obvious someone had to put him in the trunk! a toddler isn’t just gonna wonder off and get into a trunk, plus he probably isn’t strong enough to shut the trunk.

    • Patsi Sedivy

      Exactly

    • DrMeatwadPhD

      They don’t say what year model the Impala was. I used to have a 2-door 2-speed auto ’67, and those trunk lids are big and heavy without the springs. It could be an innocent thing, maybe not. A propped up trunk with a piece of 2×4, then the kid gets in (they are low too some models and the low rider variety!) and knocks the wood away,,,

  • Daneka

    also where the h*** were his parents? my kids don’t ever leave my sight unless I was sleeping or at work. and I have a 2yr old son and a one month old. People need to pay attention to there kids.

  • http://yahoo.com Balls

    Another white parent killing their child.

  • http://yahoo.com Balls

    If he was like Trayvon Martin, I would care.

  • http://yahoo.com Balls

    If he was like Trayvon Martin, I would care.

  • http://yahoo.com Balls

    They already now who killed him.

    • DrMeatwadPhD

      Are you saying there was more to his demise than the heat? Or that the heat was used to kill him by a sick person? How would you prove the boy didn’t get inside himself? Some Impalas are quite low.

  • Bob Dobolina

    We MUST ban cars – they are dangerous. ALL cars must be banned and children must NEVER be around them. We MUST do this for the children. For the sake of the kids. Think of the kids. I bet Joe ‘Drinky Drinky’ Biden is already rounding up a committee to study ways to ban all cars. Trucks too.

    • sandy underpants

      Ban 2 year olds.

  • suspicious

    it doesn’t add up. if the dogs didn’t get his scent when walking by, that most likely means the child didn’t ‘walk’ that way.

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