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Cobb Father Had Contact With Hot SUV While Son In It

Source close to investigation says there’s evidence that the Marietta father did have contact with the vehicle during the seven-hour window when he said he was at work and the boy was in the vehicle.

Justin Ross Harris. Credit: Cobb County jail
Justin Ross Harris. Credit: Cobb County jail
WSB-TV reported late Tuesday afternoon that Justin Harris knew is 22-month-old son was in the back seat of his vehicle on June 18 when the boy was left in the SUV for more than seven hours.

Harris told authorities that his son, Cooper, was left accidentally in a carseat in the backseat of a four-door SUV during a day when temperatures reached the low 90s.

Cooper remained in the vehicle until he was discovered by a distraught Harris at a Cumberland-area strip mall parking lot. By then the unresponsive toddler had died.

WSB reported Tuesday that a source close to the investigation said there’s evidence that the Marietta father did have contact with the vehicle during the seven-hour window when Harris said he was at work at the Home Depot headquarters and the boy was in the vehicle.

The medial examiner’s report has yet to be released.

Harris, 33, has been charged with murder and cruelty to children. He remains in the Cobb County jail without bond and is expected to be there this weekend when his son is buried.

The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native’s next court appearance is set for July 15.

This is a developing story and check back with Patch for updates.


Note: The headline of this article has been edited since its original publication.

See Also:

Cobb Father Charged with Felony Murder in Son’s Death

Child Heatstroke Death From Inside SUV Renews Warnings

Petition Asks Cobb D.A. to Drop Murder Charges Against Justin Harris

Linda Thomas June 29, 2014 at 09:08 AM
The headline of this article is misleading and based on the rest of the story inaccurate. Going to the car does not equate to knowing his child was in the car - especially with a rear facing car seat in the back.
Hunt Archbold June 29, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Thanks Linda and I have edited the headline and made note of it in the body text. Patch regrets any misleading/inaccurate text and is pleased to correct such.
Elizabeth Elizabeth July 04, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Going to the car sounds like checking that the deed is done....

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