Police: Dad Charged in Son's Hot Car Death Was Sexting Women
The Georgia dad charged with murdering his 22-month-old son by leaving him in a hot car appeared for the first time in court today.
Justin Ross Harris took his son Cooper for breakfast at Chik-fil-A before driving to work, instead of taking him to daycare. Harris left the boy in the car on a hot day for hours, returning once to the SUV during lunchtime. At the end of the work day, Harris got in his car and drove to a store where he asked employees for help and claimed he forgot his son was in the vehicle.
Harris was charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty. Now we’re learning disturbing details from the prosecution.
During the hearing, Cobb County Police Department Detective Phil Stoddard said that Harris had been sexting several women. On the day his son was left in the car, Stoddard said Harris sent a nude photo to the women. Some of the females were allegedly minors.
He and the boy’s mom, Leanna, had both told investigators they recently searched hot car deaths online. Harris reportedly also researched websites about living without children and surviving in prison.
Stoddard also revealed that the parents had two life insurance policies for their son. More details in the video above.