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