De­tec­tive: Dad showed no emo­tion af­ter boy died

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MA­RI­ETTA, Ga. (AP) — A de­tec­tive says the Ge­or­gia man charged with mur­der in his young son’s death showed no emo­tion when he was in­ter­viewed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors about the tod­dler’s death.

Cobb County Po­lice De­tec­tive Phil Stod­dard tes­ti­fied at a hear­ing Thurs­day for Justin Ross Har­ris, whose 22-mon­thold son Cooper died af­ter be­ing left in the hot car. Har­ris has said he for­got to take the boy to day care. Stod­dard says Har­ris rou­tinely took the boy to day care in the morn­ings.

Stod­dard says Har­ris’ wife came to the day care the af­ter­noon the boy died, June 18, and was told the child wasn’t there. Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, she then said her hus­band must have left the tod­dler in the car.

Scores of re­porters and some cu­ri­ous mem­bers of the pub­lic gath­ered Thurs­day at a court­house in sub­ur­ban At­lanta for the hear­ing of a man charged with mur­der in his 22-month-old son’s death in a hot SUV.

Justin Ross Har­ris was sched­uled to ap­pear Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Cobb County Mag­is­trate Court for a bond and prob­a­ble cause hear­ing. He faces mur­der and child cru­elty charges in the June 18 death of his son, Cooper.

Har­ris has told po­lice he was sup­posed to drive his son to day care that morn­ing but drove to work with­out re­al­iz­ing that his son was strapped into a car seat in the back.

Search war­rants re­leased over the weekend showed Har­ris told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he had done an on­line search on what tem­per­a­ture could cause a child’s death in a ve­hi­cle. The war­rant doesn’t spec­ify when Har­ris did the searches.

Po­lice have said facts in the case “do not point to­ward sim­ple neg­li­gence.” An ar­rest war­rant said Har­ris stopped with his son for break­fast and re­turned to put some­thing in­side his car dur­ing the day while the child was still in­side.

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