Wife in Georgia hot car death case has attorney

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Wife in Georgia hot car death case has attorney
FILE - In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, weeps as he sits at his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, in Marietta, Ga. On Thursday,, Sept. 4, 2014, a Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors believe that Harris intentionally left his son Cooper in the hot car to die. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool, File)
In this undated photo released by the Cobb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department, Justin Ross Harris poses for a photo. Harris, 33, accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in an SUV on a hot day returned at lunchtime to put something in the vehicle, where the child was strapped into a seat in the back, according to an arrest warrant filed Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Cobb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department)
Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, wipes his eye as he sits during his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday. At that same hearing, a judge refused to grant bond for Harris, meaning he will remain in jail. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)
Justin Ross Harris, center, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing at Cobb County Magistrate Court Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris is currently being held without bond on a child cruelty charge and a murder charge. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was being held without bond on a felony murder charge Thursday, police in suburban Atlanta said. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ben Gray)
Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was being held without bond on a felony murder charge Thursday, police in suburban Atlanta said. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ben Gray)
In this image taken from closed-circuit television, Justin Ross Harris, left, appears with his attorney, Maddox Kilgore, before Cobb Magistrate Judge John Strauss on Thursday evening, June 19, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris is charged with felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children in the death of his 22-month-old son, who was left in a hot SUV for hours. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ben Gray)
The hearse leaves the University Church of Christ after a service for Cooper Harris on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Harris, 22 months old, died in Georgia on June 18 after he was left in his fathers' SUV for seven hours. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
A white rose rests on the grave of Cooper Harris at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Flowers cover the grave of Cooper Harris at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Family and friends walk past security as they attend a funeral service for Cooper Harris at the University Church of Christ on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Cooper Harris, 22 months old, died in Georgia on June 18 after he was left in his fathers' SUV for seven hours. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Cobb County Magistrate Court Judge Frank R. Cox listens to testimony during the bond hearing for Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)
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ATLANTA (AP) -- The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

Atlanta attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said he now represents Leanna Harris.

Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of their son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris. The father told Cobb County police he left the boy in the SUV for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care and going to work.

Leanna Harris has not been charged with any crimes in the death. Asked about his role in the case Friday, Zimmerman told The Associated Press he could not comment further.

"We practice only criminal defense which means that our clients are represented by criminal defense specialists, not a general practice lawyer," Zimmerman's website states.

Meanwhile, the online payment site PayPal says it will give refunds to people who donated to a now-defunct fundraising campaign for the family.

PayPal will soon be issuing refunds to customers who used the service to donate to the campaign at YouCaring.com, where a total of more than $22,000 was given, PayPal spokeswoman Adriana Higuera said in a late Thursday statement.

YouCaring.com is aware of "the sensitive matter involving the Harris family" and does not take sides in legal matters, spokesman Michael Blasco said.

"The campaign was recently removed from the site so that the controversy and debate surrounding the Harris matter did not become a distraction to the millions of other donors participating in a wide variety of active fundraisers currently taking place in our community," Blasco said in a statement.

Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and moved to Georgia in 2012 to work for Home Depot.

Home Depot spokeswoman Catherine Woodling confirmed Thursday that Harris no longer works for the company but would not say when he was terminated. She said he had been on leave without pay since his arrest.

Harris' defense attorneys have portrayed him as a caring father who never intended to harm his child and made a horrible mistake.

Cobb County police Det. Phil Stoddard testified in a court hearing last week that Harris was using a computer to exchange nude photos with women the day his son died. The father had also viewed some websites that advocated against having children and others that detailed how people die in hot cars, the detective testified.

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