Dad left son to die in hot car ‘on pur­pose’

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A DAD who left his tod­dler son strapped into a car seat for seven hours on a boil­ing hot day has been found guilty of leav­ing him to die on pur­pose.

Justin Ross Har­ris, 35 ( above), told po­lice af­ter pulling his life­less son from the car in Ge­or­gia, US, that it was a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent.

But cops found the death sus­pi­cious – from the short drive dur­ing which Har­ris said he for­got about his son to the fact he re­turned to his SUV once with­out notic­ing the boy.

Af­ter a month-long trial and four days of de­lib­er­a­tions, a jury sided with au­thor­i­ties and con­victed Har­ris of mal­ice mur­der – con­clud­ing not only that he should be held crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble, but that he left 22-month-old Cooper to die on pur­pose.

Har­ris said he for­got to drop his son off at day care on June 18 2014, in­stead driv­ing straight to his job as a web de­vel­oper, not re­al­is­ing Cooper was still in his car seat.

He will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 5. IN flight, bats’ hearts beat 1,000 times a minute.

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