Attorney: Mom May Be Cleared in Toddler’s Hot Car Death
The mother of a toddler who died in a hot car may be cleared in his death, her attorney says.
Leanna Harris has been given a victim impact statement, and in that statement, she listed herself as a victim in the death of her 22-month-old son, Cooper, who her husband left in a car.
“The amount of grief this has caused is indefinable […] I now live a tortured existence,” the statement says.
Police say Leanna showed no emotion when notified of her son’s death. Authorities say she and her husband both searched the Internet for information on child deaths and hot cars. She also asked her husband if he told authorities too much following Cooper’s death.
Her attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said, “I hope really that the public understands they have jumped the gun… in thinking that she had anything to do with it whatsoever.”
Meanwhile, the district attorney’s office says the victim impact statement has nothing to do with whether she will be charged; the statement is simply standard operating procedure.
Watch Trace Gallagher's report above.