Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia dad whose son died after being left in his hot car for seven hours, could face the death penalty.
Harris says that on the day of his son’s death, he was supposed to drop him off at daycare but forgot and didn’t realize 22-month-old Cooper was in the hot car the whole time until leaving work later in the day. Harris was arrested and charged with child cruelty and felony murder despite his claims that the entire situation was a mistake, and now, a judge says he could face the death penalty if convicted.
Prosecutors say that while Cooper was dying in his dad’s car, Harris “sexted” underage girls. Following an investigation, police also discovered that Harris had spent time on websites devoted to child-free living and even ran Google searches to see what it would take for a child to die in a hot vehicle.
“He wanted to live a child free life,” said the prosecutor.
Judge Frank R. Cox denied Harris the requested $50,000 bond because, as he noted, “this is a possible death penalty case.”
Both Justin and his wife Leanna Harris say that this was an accident, but as the investigation continues, Harris’ claims just don’t add up. Leanna could have even played a part in the alleged murder, as reports say that she, too, searched for articles about child deaths in hot cars prior to the incident last month. So far, Leanna Harris has not been charged.
Sources: ABC News, Inquisitr, HLN News