Police: Dad sexted as he intentionally left child in hot car
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:48:15 GMT —
The story of a Georgia father charged with murder in his young son's death took a startling turn Thursday.
Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified at a hearing Thursday that Justin
Ross Harris, whose 22-month-old son Cooper died inside a hot car June 18, had looked at websites that advocated for not having children.
Stoddard described evidence that prosecutors say shows that
Harris intentionally left the child inside the hot SUV. The detective says Harris, who told police he accidentally forgot to take the boy to day care, had been exchanging nude photos with several women the day the child died.
Stoddard also says Harris had done an Internet search for "how to survive in prison."
Harris was described as leading a double-life and unhappy in his marriage. On the morning of June 18, Harris took Cooper to breakfast at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant, then drove a few minutes down the road to his office.
Investigators say Harris left the boy in the backseat, briefly returned to his vehicle during lunch, then went back into his office. After leaving work, around 4:20 p.m., he suddenly pulled over and told witnesses he had accidentally forgotten to drop his son off at daycare that morning.
Cooper was inside the hot car for seven hours.
The detective says after the boy died, Harris showed no emotion while being interviewed by investigators.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)