Father charged with murder after DELIBERATELY leaving toddler in hot car to die
Justin Ross Harris, 33, from Marietta, Georgia is charged with murdering toddler son by leaving him trapped in 91F car because he had done internet search on how long it would take for animal to die in hot car.
A father whose son died after he left him in his scorching hot car had used his office computer to search how long it would take for an animal to die in such a way, it was alleged today. The news comes as the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office announced that little Cooper Harris’ cause of death was hyperthermia – or intense heat exhaustion – and confirmed the manner of his death was a homicide.
A law enforcement source in the Georgia county reportedly told Fox 5 News that investigators seized Justin Ross Harris’ work computer at Home Depot after his arrest last week and that an internet search suggested the child’s death was premeditated. A police warrant also revealed Wednesday that Harris took his son to breakfast at the Vinings Chick-fil-A before driving to work, and that he returned to the car at lunch time to place an object in the car before leaving the child again.
Fox 5 couldn’t confirm exactly when the computer search was conducted. Harris is accused of leaving 22-month-old Cooper alone in the car while he went to work at the Home Depot corporate office for roughly seven hours. Harris is charged with felony murder and cruelty to a child in the second degree. He is being held in the Cobb County Detention Center without bond.
Chief of police John R. Houser said in the release that during the course of the investigation, detectives began to obtain physical evidence and testimonial evidence that lead them to believe a more serious crime had been committed that first thought.
‘The chain of events that occurred in this case does not point towards simple negligence and evidence will be presented to support this allegation.’
The medical examiner revealed the cause of death was hyperthermia – or intense heat exhaustion. Harris, 33, was supposed to drop 22-month-old Cooper to daycare around 9 a.m. last Wednesday but instead went straight to work, allegedly forgetting the boy was strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle for seven hours. And early Wednesday, police said that ‘during lunch said accused did access the same vehicle through the driver’s side door to place an object into the vehicle’, hours before the drama unfolded.
There is a fight as to whether this father being charged with murder is too harsh a judgement. Good thing we have a court system with a jury to weigh all the evidence in this case to see if it was really negligence, stupidity or malice.
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