GA Mom in Toddler's Hot Car Death Asks for Privacy as Husband Faces Murder Charge
The mother of a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car is speaking out for the first time. Leanna Harris’ lawyer said in a statement on her behalf that she is going through every parent’s worst nightmare.
Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, has been charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty after he left their son Cooper for hours in his SUV during a scorching day last month.
During a hearing, detectives said the father was sexting several women while his 22-month-old roasted. When notified that her son hadn’t shown up for day care that morning, Leanna told workers that her husband must’ve left him in the car.
Investigators also said that while in the interrogation room, Leanna was overheard saying to Justin, “Did you say too much?”
Attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said, “For most parents, it is difficult, if not impossible, to comprehend such a thing. But for Leanna, that nightmare is all too real. She will never again be able to tuck him into bed at night and return later to check on him.”
Zimmerman blamed the media for making Leanna’s “nightmare” worse by fostering a “poisonous atmosphere” in which her every word, action and emotion – “or failure to cry in front of a crowd” – is scrutinized.
He asked everyone to leave Leanna alone so that she can “grieve in peace.”
No charges have been filed against her.
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