Jury: Man guilty in death of tod­dler son left in hot SUV

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A Georgia man whose tod­dler son died in a hot car was found guilty of both mal­ice and felony mur­der on Mon­day by a jury tasked with weigh­ing a month of du­el­ing tes­ti­mony over whether the child’s fa­ther left him to per­ish on pur­pose or made a fa­tal mis­take.

Justin Ross Har­ris, 35, who showed lit­tle emo­tion as the ver­dict was read, had been on trial since Oct. 3 in the death of his son, Cooper.

The 22-month-old boy died af­ter be­ing left for hours in the back of Har­ris’ SUV on June 18, 2014. Har­ris said he for­got to drop his son off at day care that morn­ing and drove straight to his job as a web de­vel­oper for Home De­pot, not re­al­iz­ing Cooper was still in his car seat.

Soon af­ter­ward, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found ev­i­dence that Har­ris was hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with nu­mer­ous women. Pros­e­cu­tors charged Har­ris with mal­ice mur­der, say­ing he in­ten­tion­ally killed his son in or­der to es­cape fam­ily life.

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