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Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder


ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours was charged Thursday with murder in the toddler's death.

A Cobb County grand jury indicted Justin Ross Harris on multiple charges including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. Harris has been in jail since his arrest the day his son died.

Harris has told police he was supposed to drive his son to day care the morning of June 18 but drove to work without realizing that the child was strapped into a car seat in the back.

Police have said the toddler was left in a vehicle for about seven hours on a day when temperatures in the Atlanta area reached at least into the high 80s. The medical examiner's office has said the boy died of hyperthermia - essentially overheating - and has called his death a homicide.

During a three-hour hearing in July, prosecutor Chuck Boring questioned a police detective at length, outlining evidence he said proved that Harris intentionally left his young boy in the hot SUV. But defense attorney Maddox Kilgore argued that the evidence was insufficient and that the boy's death was a tragic accident.

Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified at the hearing that Harris was sitting in his office exchanging nude photos with several women, including a teenager, the day his son died. Stoddard said Harris also had looked at websites advocating a child-free lifestyle and had researched how long it takes to die in a hot car.

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

Ga. Father Charged With Murder In Child's Hot-Car Death

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koz September 04 2014 at 1:13 PM

No matter WHAT, you never forget your child, they become your life!!!

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Diane September 04 2014 at 1:17 PM

I am so glad they are charging him. What a piece of trash. Now what about the charming wife..

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wayne September 04 2014 at 1:16 PM

Hope he gets the death penalty! He won't last long in prison.

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davandsher September 04 2014 at 1:38 PM

You can forget your phone,shoes, shirt, hat and even your name but you NEVER forget a child left in a car. I hope God has mercy for this man. I don't think the Court will.

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Debbie September 04 2014 at 1:24 PM

Yeah I don't think baby mama was much better than him....now she is free of both!

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I love Snickers September 04 2014 at 1:22 PM

I try not to be judgmental, but this fella sure seems like a real douche bag. IMHO

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dlmrep September 04 2014 at 1:25 PM

Anyway you look at it, it's sad.

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bvesel dlmrep September 04 2014 at 3:17 PM

"But defense attorney Maddox Kilgore argued that the evidence was insufficient and that the boy's death was a tragic accident."
Some argument there! This guy should be shot for trying to sell that line of crap!

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Hello, Mary bvesel September 04 2014 at 5:18 PM

Defense attorneys will be called to account on Judgment Day!!!!!

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mhdjl bvesel September 04 2014 at 10:56 PM

Defense attorneys, even the ones appointed by the State, have to act as if they really believe their client. It doesn't mean that they really do.

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meyer1110 September 04 2014 at 1:30 PM

Did he not stop at drive thru for breakfast?Return to the car once to put light bulbs or something in the car?

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fedlawsuit meyer1110 September 04 2014 at 1:56 PM

Yes - he intentionally murdered the child. He cared so little for someone else's life, HIS BOY NO LESS, so WE don't care for his life - rot for all his life in that prison. NO POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. Please picked that jail where he is: NO POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE!

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Herb fedlawsuit September 04 2014 at 4:33 PM

first 12 hours in a car closed up tight at 95 degrees then life in prison with NO PAROLE

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CAMERON September 04 2014 at 1:20 PM

Sad baby gone forever. But going to prison will give him time to think.

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alkim94 September 04 2014 at 3:43 PM

Save the tax payers some money, put this bastard in a hot car and leave him there !

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