How Minnesota's child protection system exposes kids to more abuse, neglect


November 6, 2023

Tory Hart and his then-fiancee, Josie Josephson, during a celebration of life for Eli Hart in May 2022. Eli was fatally shot by his mother, Julissa Thaler, 10 days after a judge gave her full custody of Eli. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Every year, Minnesota judges remove thousands of endangered children from their parents' care. They often do so after county workers have documented horrific acts of abuse and neglect.

Most of those children are eventually sent back home.

Some don't survive the reunion.

A 2-year-old girl was beaten to death by her mother when she wouldn't stop crying at bedtime.

A 17-year-old girl died by suicide after enduring years of physical and sexual abuse by her parents.


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