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Battery died, Recharged, car still won't start

My husband accidentally left the keys in the ignition in the ON (not cranked position) all night. The following day when this was found, we took battery and recharged it, but car won't start up now. It fires up for a plit second, but it won't stay cranked and/or running. What could this be now?

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Sounds like the anti-theft system, try this, turn key on and walk away for 30 mins, after 30 mins turn key off, wait 15 secs, the try starting, this should reset the anti-theft system

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