Dad charged with toddler's murder, Googled animals dying in hot cars

Justin Ross Harris.Credit: Cobb County Adult Detention Center Justin Ross Harris.Credit: Cobb County Adult Detention Center


A 33-year-old Georgia man has officially been charged with the murder of his 22-month-old son Cooper after the toddler died of heat exhaustion in a car as temperatures reached 91 degrees.


The Daily Mail reports that dad Justin Ross Harris had left his son in the car for seven hours as he worked his shift at a Home Depot, claiming he forgot to drop the boy off at daycare.


Investigators however seized Harris' work computer, according to the Daily Mail, and found that Harris had searched on the Internet for animals dying in hot cars. Officials believe the incident was premeditated.


Harris has been charged with felony murder and cruelty to a child, reports say. He is being held without bond.

A police warrant revealed this week that before Harris went to work, he and his son Cooper ate lunch at the Vinings Chick-Fil-A. Reports further say that Harris returned to the car his son was in during his lunch break to put something in his car before going back to work again.

Officials said Harris — upon returning to his car after his work shift — told nearby members of the public that his child had choked to death.

An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: "I think the dad knew all along that his baby was dead because he'd been left in the car, I think he was looking round for a place where there was people so he could make it look like the baby had choked and it wasn't his fault."

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