COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WIAT)- The Tuscaloosa native accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in a vehicle for several hours researched child deaths inside vehicles according to court documents released by Cobb County officials Saturday.
Justin Ross Harris is charged with murder and second degree child cruelty after the death of his son, Cooper Harris, in an Atlanta area shopping center parking lot. He is being held without bond at the Cobb County jail.
The warrants were released the same day family members laid to rest the young child in Tuscaloosa.
According to the warrant, “During an interview with Justin, He stated that he recently researched, through the internet, child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for that to occur. Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen.”
The warrant goes on to describe the events that led up to the toddler’s death. Harris told investigators that he went to work that morning and forgot to drop the child off at daycare. He took the child to a local Chick-Fil-A, then went to work. The child was left in the SUV for almost 7 hours. Investigators discovered that Harris went out to the vehicle during the day, placing something in the vehicle, then went back to work. Harris did not discover the child in the car seat until he had left work and was driving to meet up with some friends.
Investigators searched the Harris’ condo for evidence including a laptop computer, computer tower, internet searcher, electronic devices, paperwork, writings, and photographs.
Harris’ next court appearance is July 3rd. Stay with WIAT 42 News for the latest updates.