No charges in death of Wisconsin toddler found in trunk


The Polk County District Attorney says no charges will be filed in the death of a Wisconsin toddler who went missing and was later found dead in the trunk of a car last summer.

Polk County District Attorney Dan Steffen told WQOW that the investigation into 2-year-old Isaiah Theis' death is closed.

"Isaiah's death was a tragic accident and no intent or recklessness was present to cause the death. Numerous forensic tests were conducted, and re-creations of the event of that day all point to the same conclusion that this was an accident," the Polk County sheriff's office said, according to FOX 9.

On July 16, 2013, Isaiah disappeared from his home near Centuria, Wisconsin, and his body was found two days later in the trunk of a car at his home.

Authorities say the area around the car had been searched several times, but searchers had been told the vehicle was locked before Isaiah was reported missing so it was unlikely he was inside.

A family spokesperson had said Isaiah’s parents believe the boy took the keys to the car from his father’s auto repair shop, opened the trunk and climbed inside on his own. Isaiah was found in the trunk with the car keys.

Autopsy results showed he died of hyperthermia, meaning the death was heat-related, hours after getting locked in the trunk.

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