Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia dad who left his 22-month-old son in a hot car for more than seven hours, appeared in court for the first time on Thursday.
Ross claimed that he had “forgotten” to drop his son off at daycare and only realized the child had been left in his SUV in the 88-degree Atlanta heat, in temperatures that reached as high as 120 degrees inside the vehicle, as he was about to drive home.
Justin Ross Harris took his son Cooper for breakfast at Chik-fil-A before driving to work, instead of taking him to daycare. Harris left the boy in the car on a hot day for hours, returning once to the SUV during lunchtime. At the end of the work day, Harris got in his car and drove to a store where he asked employees for help and claimed he forgot his son was in the vehicle.
Harris was charged with second degree cruelty to children and felony murder.
Searches on Harris’ work computer revealed that the father of the year had been researching how long it would take an animal to die in a hot car prior to his son’s death. His wife, Leanna, also researched hot car deaths online.
Harris also reportedly researched web sites about living without children and surviving in prison–two topics that, unfortunately, are very useful to him right now.
According to Cobb County Police Department Detective Phil Stoddard, the parents had taken out two life insurance policies for their son–one for $2,000, and one for $25,000.
Speaking of children, Harris had been sexting several females as his son died from the oppressive hear–one of them a minor.
As more information becomes available, this man becomes more and more disgusting.
Harris has pled ‘not guilty’ to the crime. His wife has not been charged or named as a suspect.