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    Case against Georgia father Justin Ross Harris in son's death doesn't point to 'simple negligence,' police say | AL.com

    Case against Georgia father Justin Ross Harris in son's death doesn't point to 'simple negligence,' police say



    By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com
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    on June 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM, updated June 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    COBB COUNTY, Georgia - Parents have accidentally left their children to die in hot vehicles, but that isn't necessarily what happened in the June 18 death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, investigators in Georgia said late Wednesday afternoon.

    Detectives uncovered physical and testimonial evidence that led them to believe a more serious crime was committed, police said Wednesday, and those findings ultimately led to a murder charge against Cooper's father, 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris. Harris is an Alabama native and University of Alabama graduate who worked as a police dispatcher for the Tuscaloosa Police Department for three years.

    "I understand that tragic accidents similar to this one do occur and in most cases the parent simply made a mistake that cost them the life of their child,'' said Cobb County police Chief John R. Houser in a prepared statement. "This investigation, although similar in nature to others, must be weighed on its own merit and the facts that led our detectives to charge the father must be presented at the appropriate time during the judicial process."

    "The chain of events that occurred in this case does not point toward simple negligence and evidence will be presented to support this allegation,'' Houser said.

    Houser's statement went on to say that police officials cannot share specific details of the investigation with the public. "In fairness to everyone involved in this emotional case, I would ask that you not make conclusions based on rumor or suspicions and let our judicial system work as it is designed."

    Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman held a press conference Wednesday evening. "Let us do our job," Bowman said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "Let us get the information out there. Don't be so quick to judge."

    Officials, however, didn't release any additional details at the news conference.


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    Earlier Wednesday, information surfaced that Harris went to his car midday on the day that his son died. A new warrant was issued changing the charges against Harris from first- to second-degree child cruelty. Harris, 33, is also charged with murder.

    Citing a law-enforcement source, Fox 5 Atlanta reported Harris' computer contained a search for how long it would take an animal to die in a hot car. The report didn't say when authorities believe that computer search was done.

    According to the warrant made public Wednesday by a Cobb County magistrate, Harris placed Cooper into the rear-facing car seat of his 2011 Hyundai Tucson after eating at Chick-Fil-A on Cumberland Parkway, which is just two-tenths of a mile from Harris' Home Depot office. Cobb County police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said he doesn't know what time Harris and his son were at Chick-Fil-A that morning.

    Harris then drove to his office a couple of blocks away, and left his son strapped into the car seat in the SUV while he went into work. During lunch, the warrant says, Harris went back out to his car and was seen opening the driver's side door to put something in the vehicle.

    He then closed the door and left the car, going back into work. The warrant doesn't specifically say whether Harris saw or knew Cooper was in the SUV when he went to the vehicle at lunch.

    At 4:16 p.m., Harris pulled over at a shopping center on Akers Mill Road, got out and started screaming for help. Witnesses reported hearing Harris yelling, "What have I done? What have I done? I've killed our child." Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce told the AJC, "Apparently he forgot the child was in the car-seat."

    Pierce later told Atlanta media questions had surfaced. "Much has changed about the circumstances leading up to the death of this 22-month-old since it was first reported," Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce told CNN. "I've been in law enforcement for 34 years. What I know about this case shocks my conscience as a police officer, a father and a grandfather."

    The autopsy conducted on the boy suggested the manner of death was a homicide, Cobb County police said late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "The Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office is waiting for toxicology test results before making an official ruling as to the cause and manner of death," police said in a written statement. "However, the Cobb County Medical Examiner believes the cause of death is consistent with hyperthermia and the investigative information suggests the manner of death is homicide."

    A service for Cooper will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa. A private family burial will follow. Visitation will be held at noon Saturday, before the service.

    Efforts to reach Maddox Kilgore, Harris' attorney, for comment have been unsuccessful. Atlanta defense attorney Kim Keheley Frye, who doesn't represent Harris but is a colleague of Kilgore, has been outspoken about the way police have handled the Harris case. She said they've already released too much information that is prejudicial to Harris.

    "Mr. Harris has the right to have a fair and impartial trial,'' Frye told AL.com. "It's really impacting the ability to presume him innocent. They are keeping him from having that by continuing to put things out."

    She said there isn't much the defense can say, even if willing to do so. "They (police) need to keep their mouths shut because the defense side can't talk and that's the problem, it becomes a dog pile,'' Frye said. "We still don't know what's there. We just know what the police are saying is there."

    Case against Georgia father Justin Ross Harris in son's death doesn't point to 'simple negligence,' police say | AL.com

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    Georgia man guilty in death of toddler son left in hot SUV

    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man whose toddler son died in a hot car was found guilty of both malice and felony murder on Monday by a jury tasked with weighing a month of dueling testimony over whether the child's father left him to perish on purpose or made a fatal mistake.

    Justin Ross Harris, 35, who showed little emotion as the verdict was read, had been on trial since Oct. 3 in the death of his son, Cooper.

    The 22-month-old boy died after being left for hours in the back of Harris' SUV on June 18, 2014. Harris said he forgot to drop his son off at day care that morning and drove straight to his job as a web developer for Home Depot, not realizing Cooper was still in his car seat.

    Soon afterward, investigators found evidence that Harris was having sexual relationships — both online banter and in-person affairs — with numerous women, including a prostitute and a teenager. Prosecutors charged Harris with malice murder, saying he intentionally killed his son in order to escape the responsibilities of family life.

    Harris was also charged with felony murder, which required no proof of intent to kill — just that Cooper died as a result of his father committing the felony of cruelty to children. Malice murder carries a prison term of life with or without parole.

    Prosecutors argued Harris must have known Cooper was in the car. He drove less than two minutes to work after strapping the child into his car seat when they finished breakfast at a Chick-fil-A restaurant just over a half-mile from Harris' office. Parking lot surveillance video showed Harris also went to his car after lunch and tossed in some light bulbs he had purchased, though he never got inside.

    Harris told police he didn't notice Cooper until he left work for the day to go to a movie. The boy was dead, having sweltered in the car for about seven hours.

    Prosecutors said Harris left online clues to murderous intentions. Evidence showed that minutes before Harris locked the car door on his boy, he sent an online message: "I love my son and all, but we both need escapes." Five days earlier, Harris watched an online video in which a veterinarian sits inside a hot car to show it reaches 116 degrees in a half-hour.

    Defense attorneys said Harris was responsible for his son's death, but insisted it was an accident rather than a crime. Friends and family members testified he was a devoted and loving father, and the jury watched video clips of Harris trying to teach Cooper to say "banana" and letting the boy strum his guitar. The joyous moments had some jurors laughing aloud.

    Harris' ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, also came to his defense. She divorced him in March and bitterly told the jury that Harris "destroyed my life." But she testified he was a loving father who, regardless of how unhappy he may have been in their marriage, would not have harmed their son on purpose. Taylor was not in the courtroom on Monday. Harris was alone, except for his lawyers, as the verdict was read.

    Also testifying in Harris' defense was Gene Brewer, an Arizona State University psychology professor who specializes in memory and attention. He said it would have been possible for Harris to forget about Cooper in a matter of seconds.

    Harris was also found guilty of sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl and asked for nude photos of her pubic area. The girl testified Harris knew she was in high school the months they swapped sexual banter when she was 16 and 17, and Harris several times sent her photos of his penis. He was asking for a photo of her breasts the day Cooper died.

    Harris moved to Georgia from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2012. He lived in the Atlanta suburb of Cobb County, which is also where Cooper died. Because of intense pretrial publicity surrounding the case, the judge agreed to relocate Harris' trial 275 miles away in the coastal port city of Brunswick.

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    Prosecutors said Harris left online clues to murderous intentions. Evidence showed that minutes before Harris locked the car door on his boy, he sent an online message: "I love my son and all, but we both need escapes." Five days earlier, Harris watched an online video in which a veterinarian sits inside a hot car to show it reaches 116 degrees in a half-hour.
    "We both need escapes"? WTF?

    Defense attorneys said Harris was responsible for his son's death, but insisted it was an accident rather than a crime. Friends and family members testified he was a devoted and loving father, and the jury watched video clips of Harris trying to teach Cooper to say "banana" and letting the boy strum his guitar. The joyous moments had some jurors laughing aloud.
    I hope that was nervous, awkward laughter, because I don't think I'd find anything funny or joyous about watching that.
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    Give him a torturous sentence.

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    Makes me nauseous to think about. What a monster.
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    What an evil bastard!
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    Citing a law-enforcement source, Fox 5 Atlanta reported Harris' computer contained a search for how long it would take an animal to die in a hot car.
    Evidence showed that minutes before Harris locked the car door on his boy, he sent an online message: "I love my son and all, but we both need escapes." Five days earlier, Harris watched an online video in which a veterinarian sits inside a hot car to show it reaches 116 degrees in a half-hour.
    Harris was also found guilty of sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl and asked for nude photos of her pubic area. The girl testified Harris knew she was in high school the months they swapped sexual banter when she was 16 and 17, and Harris several times sent her photos of his penis. He was asking for a photo of her breasts the day Cooper died.
    Holy shit!

    Friends and family members testified he was a devoted and loving father
    Harris' ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, also came to his defense. She divorced him in March and bitterly told the jury that Harris "destroyed my life." But she testified he was a loving father who, regardless of how unhappy he may have been in their marriage, would not have harmed their son on purpose.
    Also testifying in Harris' defense was Gene Brewer, an Arizona State University psychology professor who specializes in memory and attention. He said it would have been possible for Harris to forget about Cooper in a matter of seconds.

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    Lastly, the psychologist can GTFO with that bullshit...Sure it's POSSIBLE, but it's also possible Walter White was actually in a FUGUE state... But is it likely?
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    Seriously. I'm glad of the verdict because how much more evidence do you need?
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    Harris then drove to his office a couple of blocks away, and left his son strapped into the car seat in the SUV while he went into work. During lunch, the warrant says, Harris went back out to his car and was seen opening the driver's side door to put something in the vehicle.
    Even though I never came close to doing something like leaving my kid in a car, I can see how someone might do it accidentally under some strange scenario. However, the part above is where I can't possibly see how he didn't know his son was in the car.
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    especially after Googling "How long do I have to leave Cooper in the car before he dies?"

    which I assume is the actual search term
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