Justin Ross Harris Charged With Murder In Hot Car Death Of Toddler Son
Justin Ross Harris has been charged with murder in the death of his toddler son Cooper, who died in June after Harris left him in a hot car for seven hours.
On Thursday, a grand jury in Cobb County, Georgia, indicted Harris on charges including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children.
He could face the death sentence if convicted.
The allegations surrounding the case have shocked the country since Cooper, just 22 months old, died on June 18.
While Harris claims he forgot about Cooper while he went to work at Home Depot for the day and then desperately tried to save him, prosecutors say Harris premeditated his son’s death.
According to prosecutors, Harris had researched child deaths in hot vehicles on the Internet shortly before leaving Cooper in the car, and wanted to kill his son to be free of the responsibility.
They also allege that Harris and his wife Leanna had been going through marital issues, and that he had been sexting with other women — some of them underage.
Harris, meanwhile, says that he’d looked into hot vehicle deaths because he feared for Cooper’s safety, and that he simply forgot his son was in the backseat of the SUV after the two went to breakfast at a Chic-fil-A before Harris was supposed to drop him off at day care.
Harris has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody, where he’s been since June.