Man charged in toddler’s death previously worked as TPD dispatcher

ATLANTA, Ga. (WIAT) – The Tuscaloosa native charged with murder after allegedly leaving his one-year-old son in a hot car for seven hours was once a dispatcher for the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Ross Harris worked as a dispatcher for the department from June of 2006 to May of 2009.

The 33-year-old told police he forgot to drop his 22-month-old son, Cooper, off at the babysitter before going to work last Wednesday. He claims he found his son’s lifeless body in the car seven hours later.

Police aren’t saying much about the case, only that it wasn’t an accident. Results from the child’s autopsy should shed more light on the tragedy.

Family, friends and even strangers are rallying around Harris. A website has been set up to raise money for funeral and legal expenses. The goal is $25,000. So far, more than $21,000 has been donated since last Thursday.

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