Justin Ross Harris: Intentionally Left Son To Die In Hot Car — Police

Wed, June 25, 2014 11:25am EDT by 86 Comments 31,683 Article Views

New details reveal that Justin Ross Harris, the father who left his toddler son in a hot car on June 18, checked on his son several hours before “discovering” his lifeless body in the backseat of his truck. Awful.

Disturbing new details about the day Justin Ross Harris, 33, claims he “forgot” that his 22-month-old son was in the car have been revealed. A new report claims that not only did Justin know his son was in the car, but that he occasionally looked inside his car to check on his son throughout the day before allegedly “pretending” to find his son dead in the backseat.

Justin Ross Harris: Details About Toddler Son’s Death Finally Revealed

Shortly after Cobb County Police in Georgia revealed that there were suspicious details surrounding the death of Justin’s toddler son, those disturbing details have been released.

Justin Ross Harris Researched Time It Takes For Animal To Die In Hot Car

In an arrest warrant released by investigators, police claim they have reason to believe Justin not only returned to his car several hours before “finding” his son’s lifeless body on June 18, but he even opened the driver’s side door, reports CNN.

Could Justin have really left his son in the backseat intentionally? An eyewitness claims that he seemed to be “acting” when he “discovered” his son’s lifeless body during his drive home from work.

“I know he had lost his baby but he was acting up more than he should have been. It seemed like acting to me. When he pulled in and people started asking him what had happened, he said that the baby had just started choking,” witness Edward Cockerham, 49, told the Daily Mail.

Edward also claims he saw the baby boy’s body after Justin pulled him out of the car, and that it was clear the child was not choking as his father claim.

“[...] the baby didn’t look like it had been choking, it looked like it had been sweating, like it had been in a swimming pool, his hair was all wet.”

The same report also claims that the Akers Mill Square parking lot Justin pulled into after “discovering” his son’s body is actually a ten minute drive from where he works, a corporate Home Depot office.

HollywoodLife.com mapped out directions on Google and found that it is, in fact, seven minutes door-to-door — without traffic.

Justin was charged with murder and child cruelty, and on June 20 he was brought into Cobb County Police Department’s custody where he would reportedly await a transfer to Brevard County Jail.

– Lauren Cox

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Elaine Stevens

Posted at 4:48 PM on July 3, 2014  

I believe Ross Harris meant to do it. Who doesn’t know when a 2yr old is around? Especially your beloved son!!

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Jake

Posted at 6:13 PM on June 26, 2014  

Murderer!!

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gebobs

Posted at 11:06 PM on June 25, 2014  

If it was an accident, what exactly is the purpose of incarceration or, worse, execution other than vengeance?

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gebobs

Posted at 11:02 PM on June 25, 2014  

Very nice to get death threats. Thanks!

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Heather Hollands

Posted at 11:36 PM on June 25, 2014  

Death threats?

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Dana

Posted at 8:51 PM on June 25, 2014  

I defended him at first because I believed it was an accident. It IS possible to leave a child in a car by accident; it’s happened before. If they have evidence he did it on purpose, any sympathy I had is gone. Y’all be careful that you don’t cling to being sympathetic for him just because it fits your self-image or something. Stick to the facts.

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geoffermann

Posted at 10:56 PM on June 25, 2014  

Absolutely. As a mistake riddled human with imperfect memory just like everyone else, I for one sympathize. If my sympathy is misplaced and he did this purposefully, life without parole.

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layla

Posted at 1:58 AM on June 26, 2014  

Hopefully, you will never have children. If you life is so hectic you go to Chick-Fil-A, feed your face but forget to drop your child off at the Home Depot care care, where you work, you do not need kids. If you put the child in the car, you take them out. If you go to your car at lunch, surely you would see them on the back seat. While leaving Home Depot,they indicate the car reaked of the smell of death. Even then, instead of calling the police you drive to some location claiming you just remembered,but the smell alone would get anyone’s attention immediately. And you search the internet regarding how long it takes for a dog to die in a hot care…please. I sincerely hope you do not/neveerhavechildren

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ABIC

Posted at 2:34 AM on June 26, 2014  

Most of the information you are using to convict him is speculation and misinterpreted facts. Leaked information from anonymous sources has all the credibility of gossip. The warrant only states he drove to Chik-Fil-A…it doesn’t say whether he ate in the restaurant, went through the drive through, ate in the car or at his desk. It also only states that he opened the driver side door and placed something in the seat (the child seat was rear facing). As far as the smell of death, I’m not sure what credible source stated that but the “smell of death” takes days not hours (you can google how long it takes for a body to begin decomposing but if a dead body is ever found in your yard, know you will be instantly convicted by the general public upon examination of your internet searches). If he is guilty of the terrible acts that everyone wants to believe he committed, I hope justice will be served to the full extent of the law. I also hope that the truth will rise to the surface and that general public will only consider facts before convicting him in the court of general opinion.

 
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guest

Posted at 11:08 AM on June 26, 2014  

ABIC: You are just as twisted as they come. How do you defend this man’s actions?
The fact is HE CAME BACK TO HIS CAR AND DROVE TO GET LUNCH< why didn't he see the child in the back see then? I see why the police arrested this man, all evidence points to intent.

 
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sally kelley

Posted at 8:45 PM on June 25, 2014  

When he had his breakfast he had his son with him in side the restaurant. He then puts the baby back in the car, drives to work leaves the baby in the car. He comes back later opens the car put something inside his car. Then walks back inside. He knew the baby was in there. On his work computer someone looks up how long it takes a dog to die in a car.

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Sam

Posted at 7:02 PM on June 25, 2014  

This guy defenders are really twisted and are just as reprehensible has he is.

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geoffermann

Posted at 10:58 PM on June 25, 2014  

Who is defending him? All anyone is saying is to not hang him before the facts are out. Calling for the guy to be lynched, as some have here, is as twisted and reprehensible as it gets.

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Sam

Posted at 11:09 AM on June 26, 2014  

Are you blind? There are people on this blog defending him.

 
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guest

Posted at 11:24 AM on June 26, 2014  

BTW, the guy is guilty as sin, And you DON’T give a person the benefit of any doubt when the facts are clear, that he left a baby in a car, and walked off, came back to the car and went to get lunch, and still came back to work and walked off and left the child in a sweltering car.

 
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Sam

Posted at 11:28 AM on June 26, 2014  

Oh yes, you are defending him when you say you want to give him the benefit of the doubt, when the facts are in you face of the father deliberately leaving the child in the car.m coming back to the car and claiming he still did not know his child was in the car. AND on his computer someone was looking up ‘how long does it take a dog to die in a hot car”. GET REAL!

 
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ABIC

Posted at 1:36 PM on June 26, 2014  

Why do you think he did it? No legal troubles in his past, lots of friends, wife is standing by him through this terrible time. What’s his motive?

 
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Damn!

Posted at 2:22 PM on June 26, 2014  

This is just a rumor I heard.
Someone said he found out the baby wasn’t really his.
Don’t know if it’s true. I read it somewhere. Can’t remember where though.
I have been reading so much on this story.

 
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Stacey

Posted at 10:30 PM on June 27, 2014  

Honestly? He is as guilty as it gets! There is overwhelming evidence against him otherwise he probably wouldn’t be arrested in the first place. I am an extremely forgetful person but there is still NO way i could ever forget that there is a child in the car with me. I just do not understand at all how anyone could ever possibly “forget” that a baby is in the backseat of their car. It is all BS! Also, it doesn’t strike some of these people that have the nerve to even defend this guy that is it awfully strange that someone googled how long it takes for a dog to die inside a car? You have to be as sick as he is to even try to defend this POS!

 
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Sam

Posted at 11:19 AM on June 26, 2014  

EDIT: This guy defenders are really twisted and are just as reprehensible *as he is.

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linda

Posted at 5:50 PM on June 25, 2014  

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Rees

Posted at 5:22 PM on June 25, 2014  

According to the warrant and details of the case , he not only stopped for breakfast with his son but during lunchh went back to his car ! The child was strapped in his seat in the middle of the backseat . You can’t tell me after eating breakfast he forgot during the car ride that his child was in the backseat or not see him when he opened his damn door . There’s no excuse . He deserves everything that’s coming to him .

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geoffermann

Posted at 5:29 PM on June 25, 2014  

There’s no excuse, but it does happen. I’m not making light of it, but it’s a fact.

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geoffermann

Posted at 5:31 PM on June 25, 2014  

My brother and law and his wife left their son in the car after driving to a store. After being in the store for about a half hour, they realized they left him there.

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guest

Posted at 11:11 AM on June 26, 2014  

They are airheads, and negligent and should be charged for that.

 
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guest

Posted at 11:21 AM on June 26, 2014  

Your brother and sister-in-law are airheads and should be charged with child neglect.

 
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Stacey

Posted at 2:12 AM on June 28, 2014  

They should not even be parents if they are that careless.

 
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ABIC

Posted at 5:35 PM on June 25, 2014  

The warrant says he stopped for breakfast but it does not say whether he got it or went through the drive through. It also says he opened the driver door and placed an object in his car during lunch. His child was in a rear facing child seat.

If you do a quick search, you will find that there have been similarly sad and tragic situations where the parents were so distracted or focused on something else they swear they took the child to daycare but actually did not.

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ABIC

Posted at 5:36 PM on June 25, 2014  

To clarify, the warrant does not say whether he went in with his son or drove-through.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 6:18 PM on June 25, 2014  

Here’s the point of this law: it doesn’t matter how distracted you were when you left your kid in the car. Intent is removed from the equation. All that matters is that you left your kid in the car in the sweltering heat for long enough to kill him.

He did that. No one disputes it. He is guilty. He should be punished.

I have said before, this is not accidental drowning or a car accident or something that’s quick. This is long, drawn-out torture. The underlying felony here (cruelty to child in the 2nd degree) requires only gross negligence. Under the law, leaving your kid alone in the car in a car seat when they cannot get out qualifies as gross negligence. The felony-murder rule (which is the murder he is charged with) says that if you commit a felony, any death that happens during the commission of that felony is seen as a murder you committed. A death happened here under the commission of a felony. Justin committed the felony by his own admission. He is guilty of murder.

Regardless of whatever your relative did and how you can relate to the mistake, the Georgia legislature deemed this sort of thing to be horrible enough to be a crime. It does not change what happened or what the law is.

The only thing left to argue about is whether intent is there. The breakfast appears to indicate intent. The visit to the car at lunch time does as well. Those are only icing on the cake and necessary only for 1st degree murder and premeditation. He is guilty.

 
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ABIC

Posted at 6:45 PM on June 25, 2014  

How does breakfast indicate intent? Your long wordy response has nothing to do with your original post. You claimed he went to the car at lunch to confirm his son was dead which infers that he intentionally killed his son. No one is talking about whether he should go to jail or be executed. No punishment will be worse than the loss of his son.

 
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Sam

Posted at 6:59 PM on June 25, 2014  

Stop defending this guy. What is wrong with you? The guy left a baby to die a horrible death, and all you can do is try to defend this guy.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 7:06 PM on June 25, 2014  

Wrong. Intent does matter if you even bothered to read the link I have asked you over and over to read again. If it is shown he was not somehow culpable, either by intent or through willful negligence such as intoxication, he will not be convicted of anything.

Intent DOES matter for a murder charge. And that is the charge. Obviously, the police think they have enough evidence to bring that charge and it will be up to a grand jury to decide if they do. Atlanta police have a history of bringing high profile murder charges without successful prosecution.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 7:08 PM on June 25, 2014  

Please post said link again.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 7:17 PM on June 25, 2014  

Here is the full wording of Georgia’s murder statute:

16-5-1 Murder/Felony Murder | Georgia Law
(a) A person commits the offense of murder when he unlawfully and with malice aforethought, either express or implied, causes the death of another human being.

(b) Express malice is that deliberate intention unlawfully to take the life of another human being which is manifested by external circumstances capable of proof. Malice shall be implied where no considerable provocation appears and where all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart.

(c) A person also commits the offense of murder when, in the commission of a felony, he causes the death of another human being irrespective of malice.

(d) A person convicted of the offense of murder shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for life.

(C) is what Justin has been charged with. As you can see, malice is not required (malice is where they include intent, malice being defined as deliberate intention). All that is required is 1) a death and 2) the commission of a felony.

If you think I’m wrong, take it up with the Georgia legislature.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 7:25 PM on June 25, 2014  

I take it you think he should be charged due to c) in the commission of a felony, he causes the death of another human. I sure don’t think the other charge will stick on its own. There is plenty of precedent all over the country for this. In these cases, charges are typically only pressed in the case of intoxication, willful neglect, or outright intent. If you think otherwise, bring your precedent.

>> He is guilty.

LOL…some lawyer you are, pronouncing guilt even before a grand jury convenes. Are you a tax lawyer? You’d make a lousy criminal lawyer.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 7:29 PM on June 25, 2014  

Since you cite no precedent, you have no case. Your ad hominem attack simply demonstrates you’ve lost and that you’re a troll.

 
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momE

Posted at 3:03 PM on June 25, 2014  

Unfortunately, this man has already been found guilty because of the media. My heart goes out to him and his little boy. I don’t know him or the family but i refuse to believe the media lynching that is taking place here.

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Love for Children

Posted at 4:49 PM on June 26, 2014  

Is there any difference between this man or the man that “push” his girldfriend’s son down the stairs or the couple who put their daughter in a trash can or the babysitter who shakes a child to death? NO! Children are are a PRIVILEGE in life – not a right.. I realize some children conceived are not planned, but AS AN ADULT (over 18) if you bring a PERSON into the world, it IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to put all other things aside and give yourself 150% to your child. If you can not do this, give the child to someone who can. WE ARE AMERICANS – WE ARE PRIVILEGED People (even the poorest of us) There is the option of letting someone else raise your child if not capable yourself. The CHILD IS A PERSON and has the right to a life. As a Foster parent I am constantly exposed to young people who will grow into EXCEPTIONAL adults WITHOUT the influence of their birth parents. THERE IS NO EXCUSE for what happened. We wouldn’t allow this behavior for an animal – grief or not – WE (as a society) CANNOT ALLOW this behavior for another human being! I feel guilty if my dog is in a hot car for 15 minutes – come on, a whole day? He FORGOT? You forget your cell phone or your keys NOT another living being! Parents in our country should be licensed and trained to care for their children – they are our future! If you can’t do the job – DON’T TAKE IT! All of you commenting, think about Your parents … The guilt or innocence is not for our justice system – the judgment is for God! I can only pray that since the child is back in God’s company that his Spirit is joyous. And I can only pray that people that can’t sacrifice their own needs for 18 years STOP HAVING CHILDREN! It doesn’t matter if it was on purpose or not – COME ON – ask for help if you can’t do parenting. It is time our nation take parenting SERIOUSLY! The damage a “bad” parent causes on a person to me is the REASON for the shootings and craziness that we are experiencing as a society today – either step up to the challenge or don’t do it at all. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU – ITS ABOUT THE CHILD!

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ABIC

Posted at 2:23 PM on June 25, 2014  

Sadly, deep down people want to think that some are capable of doing things as awful as Ms. Cox insinuates here. I would encourage you to explore credible sources of information. For many like me that support Ross and cannot believe he would ever do anything to harm his child on purpose, misleading information has caused us to consider that he may not be the person we think he is…but the information doesn’t make sense so we continue to support him. If you are quick to jump to the conclusion that this was anything other than a terrible, accidental, tragedy, I encourage you to read the comments of his supporters on change.org and try to read the “news” as if Ross is a loved family member or friend.

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Laurie Mier

Posted at 2:39 PM on June 25, 2014  

Sorry, but I think you’re living in denial. He took his kid to breakfast, drove less than a minute to work, and forgot him in that less than a minute? Then went to his car at lunchtime and didn’t notice, even though the kid would almost certainly have a soiled diaper that had been roasting in the heat for several hours? The only way you wouldn’t notice that is if his nose didn’t work. He was going to check to see if his kid was dead.

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ABIC

Posted at 3:33 PM on June 25, 2014  

Then why have have the charges been reduced from criminal intent to negligence? This is fact. Your opinions are based on speculation and lies.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 3:42 PM on June 25, 2014  

You know what it means? It means that they’re bringing the charges that are certain to nail him to the wall. It doesn’t mean the prosecutors don’t believe he didn’t murder the kid–it means that they want to make sure he doesn’t get off.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 3:43 PM on June 25, 2014  

BTW, glad to see you have internet access, Justin.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 3:50 PM on June 25, 2014  

By the way, where do you get your information that “he took his kid to breakfast, drove less than a minute to work”? I haven’t heard anything about the breakfast, not that it would matter.

And I have no idea where the one minute drive came from. You can’t get anywhere in Cobb County in a minute. I know. I live there.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 3:55 PM on June 25, 2014  

Laurie: “You know what it means? It means that they’re bringing the charges that are certain to nail him to the wall.”

The prosecutors are NOT going to, in the first days of the investigation, drop murder charges if they think a man willfully killed his child.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 3:58 PM on June 25, 2014  

They DIDN’t DROP murder charges. They just charged him with the easiest murder charge they had available. Read the warrant–I posted a link below.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 4:16 PM on June 25, 2014  

And suddenly the defenders disappear…

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 4:47 PM on June 25, 2014  

Laurie: “And suddenly the defenders disappear.”

What you mistake for defending is simply looking at the facts as we know them to this point. As far as I know, no one in the comments here said he was innocent. I can certainly speak for myself. I never said that.

You, on on the other hand, have already convicted him. Based on nothing that i can see as compelling evidence. Just a bunch of rumors and innuendo.

Have you read the article I cited a few times in this post? You might find it interesting if you care to learn at all about such tragedies and why they happen.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 5:27 PM on June 25, 2014  

If you have cited an article you did not have the courtesy to provide a link. You demand evidence and provide none yourself.

I understand full well why these things can happen. I also think it’s inexcusable. The amount of torment a child goes through is not worth the negligence/moment of convenience the parent goes through by not putting in 30 seconds or less worth of safety precautions to prevent such a thing from happening. This is not a situation where the parent looks away for 30 seconds and the kid gets kidnapped or falls in a hole or even drowns. This is not mere minutes until death.

There is a reason why they can charge felony murder without intent being required. The legislature of Georgia believed that the torment caused to a child was so great that it fell under a felony and therefore the felony-murder rule could be invoked.

If you watched a child die this way, you would not be so forgiving.

 
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ABIC

Posted at 5:43 PM on June 25, 2014  

You’re discussing legal reasoning as if he has already been convicted. He has not been convicted in a court of law but obviously he has in your mind.

Don’t mistake my future silence as second guessing my own thoughts and opinions on this matter – you have rushed to judgment and refuse to acknowledge the facts and possibility that this is a tragic mistake so there really isn’t much to discuss further with you.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 5:51 PM on June 25, 2014  

1. He admits putting his kid in the car.
2. He admits leaving him there for most of the day (the number of hours is not indicated, but it is before noon and after 4pm).
3. On the day in question the outdoor temperature reached at least 88 degrees, which scientifically means that the car itself reached temperatures between 120 and 150 degrees, enough to slow-cook a human being in a car seat.

He is quoted in those situations. Those admissions would be allowed into court under the hearsay rule as an excited utterance. At least 2 witnesses were there to hear it.

Under the two different laws he is charged with, that would be all that would be required to prove guilt. Intent not required because it’s not required under the law.

Legal reasoning works quite well here, thank you. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t mean to do it. He did in fact leave his kid in the car. Under the laws provided, he is actually guilty.

Now if they can prove intent, it will go to murder 1 and the death penalty. We haven’t gotten there yet, but we do have plenty enough to convict under the current charges.

Read the law.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 6:05 PM on June 25, 2014  

Legal reasoning? Are you an attorney?

Intent is not required? Did you read the article I linked? Intent is paramount.

“We haven’t gotten there yet, but we do have plenty enough to convict under the current charges.”

What have you got? Nothing you listed indicates anything other than an accident. Maybe it wasn’t. But you don’t have anything to base that on.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 6:48 PM on June 25, 2014  

The only articles I see links to are the ones I have listed. Seriously. I would love to read the article but I don’t see any link.

I am in fact an attorney. I actually have read the full laws underlying both charges, which I understand you have not. I understand the nature of both laws, and I have read numerous legislative notes regarding all kinds of laws, including felony murder laws, although not in this state. The legislature will often leave specific notes clarifying what they mean in a law and how they intend for it to be interpreted The felony-murder law has existed for centuries and it covers just this kind of situation.

What you call an “accident” is gross negligence. It is undisputed that the man charged left his kid in the car in a car seat when he could not get out during a sweltering hot day for a period long enough to kill the child through overheating.

Here is the exact wording of the statute in question: “Any person commits the offense of cruelty to children in the second degree when such person with criminal negligence causes a child under the age of 18 cruel or excessive physical or mental pain.” CRUELTY TO CHILD SECOND DEGREE, 16-5-70(c).

Negligence is failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another. Reasonable care is putting a teddy bear in the front seat to remind you that your child is with you or just simply remembering the child is in the car. Or maybe telling your wife to call you at such and such time to make sure you dropped said kid off. There is no dispute that he knew the child was in the car and that he knew that the kid was in his care (for example, there’s no allegation that he didn’t realize the kid was in the car because his wife put the kid there and didn’t tell him). He neglected to bring his child in out of the heat. The child is under 18 and was caused excessive physical and mental pain. Those facts are undisputed.

Cruelty to a child in the second degree is a felony. He is also charged with felony murder (O.C.G.A., section 16-5-1(c)). The child died during the commission of said felony.

The ONLY thing possibly in question here is the reasonable care bit. I don’t see how taking 30 seconds or less of time to place a reminder that your kid is in the car is not reasonable, and failing to do so when the weather is unbearably hot is reasonable. Tell me how a life isn’t worth 30 seconds of time taken in prevention.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 6:54 PM on June 25, 2014  

Note that nowhere in the above argument is intent required to satisfy either law. Negligence does not require any sort of intent whatsoever. The felony murder law in this instance only requires that a felony be committed. No intent required there, either.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 7:17 PM on June 25, 2014  

I am not going to bother with your claim of authority. If you are an attorney, you to spend less time trolling the web and more time with your nose in the books. I daresay you probably don’t have any experience in this area of law.

What you claim is gross negligence will be torn apart with expert testimony from:
* neuroscientists regarding how the brain works and how memory is inherently fallable
* product safety experts who will testify that rear facing child seats result in just such tragedies

Unless it is shown he intentionally killed his child, he will not be convicted.

Have you read the article yet? I’d love to hear your expert opinion on the points of law therein.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 7:27 PM on June 25, 2014  

Honey, someone who refuses to provide a link after numerous requests has to be a troll.

Your suggestions about expert testimony are seriously laughable. You don’t know anything about a standard of care.

I don’t need to prove my bar status to you. And why I have the time could be any number of reasons: maybe I’m bored waiting around in an airport. Maybe I’ve been sick in bed all day. Maybe I have kids and I find this situation so reprehensible that I cannot keep my thoughts to myself.

 
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layla

Posted at 2:03 AM on June 26, 2014  

They also indicated the car reaked to high heavens with the smell of death. So he drives away, stops at some other location claiming he drove so far then realized he’d forgotten to take the baby to the daycare. He should have smelled death as soon as he opened the car door.

 
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guest

Posted at 11:12 AM on June 26, 2014  

ABIC: Charges have not been reduced, he is still charged with murder. Stop lying on here.

 
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guest

Posted at 11:17 AM on June 26, 2014  

ABIC, the charge has not been reduced, it still stand as a murder charge. Stop lying on here.

 
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Ohara Crysdale

Posted at 6:05 PM on June 26, 2014  

I don’t know this man…… I feel very sad for the little boy…. and his mother who must be beside herself (a mother love for a child, theres nothing like it). I’m not judging him (Ross), however information which is credible that he just ate breakfast WITH HIS CHILD (the child was also bought food).. and then drove maybe 1 mile to where he works,……(AND ALSO WHERE HIS BABY DAY CARE WAS, AND HE WAS THE ONE WHO USUALLY EVERYDAY DROPPED THE CHILD OFF), and forgot the child was in the was in car?? I’m just sayin……………..

 
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Ohara Crysdale

Posted at 6:08 PM on June 26, 2014  

I agree with all the points you pointed out…….. also about the soiled diaper at lunch.. I never thought of that but your absoulutely right………. the child would have a solid diaper by then

 
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ABIC

Posted at 11:40 AM on June 27, 2014  

@guest (really, can’t even make up a screen name?), there were two charges initially and one of them was in fact lessened from intent to negligence. Don’t challenge me unless you know what you are talking about. I’m not here to deceive anyone but present information and facts that should be considered but are not being offered by the police or media.

 
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syoung

Posted at 3:05 PM on June 25, 2014  

Then you are an idiot. There is no way in hell he could not have seen that child in the car. I don’t believe for a minute that anybody could “forget” a baby in car, ESPECIALLY when he went back to the car several times. Even if he did forget about him (which I am 100% sure isn’t the case) he deserves to be charged with murder for extreme negligence and irresponsibility which obviously caused extreme suffering of an infant over many hours. What kind of person are you to support such a monster?

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ABIC

Posted at 3:33 PM on June 25, 2014  

Then why have have the charges been reduced from criminal intent to negligence? This is fact. Your opinions are based on speculation and lies.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 3:38 PM on June 25, 2014  

ABIC: “Your opinions are based on speculation and lies.”

More than anything, people are getting swayed by their emotion. Forget about due process. Forget about innocent until proven guilty. Some people want blood.

And I bet some people don’t care if he did it purposefully. Hang him anyways. This is not rational consideration. This is knee jerk reaction.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 3:48 PM on June 25, 2014  

One last thing to note here–they are charging him with Homicide by Commission of Felony, which is a MURDER charge. They’re going for the slam-dunk easiest murder charge. Why charge him with intent when you can get the same result via an easier route?

A MURDER charge, not a manslaughter charge. THINK on that.

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aheavern@yahoo.com

Posted at 4:14 PM on June 25, 2014  

He searched “how long does it take for an animal to die in a hot car” on his CPU. You are a moron.

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stupidlynchmobmentality

Posted at 4:37 PM on June 25, 2014  

Where did you read or hear that information?Why would he just search “how long does it take for a child to die in a hot car” rather than animal?

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 4:43 PM on June 25, 2014  

Cite please. If that’s true, it’s damning for sure. I haven’t seen it anywhere.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 4:48 PM on June 25, 2014  

Cite given. See comment above.

 
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geoffermann

Posted at 4:50 PM on June 25, 2014  

What this? “He searched ‘how long does it take for an animal to die in a hot car’ on his CPU.”

That’s not a cite. A cite is a link to a credible source, not an unattributed quote.

 
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ABIC

Posted at 4:55 PM on June 25, 2014  

More lies. This is simply not true. Just like the first news article that said he had two children, took one of them to childcare and left the other one in the car. He only had one child. Point being, the media doesn’t always present accurate information and people choose to believe everything they read.

 
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Laurie Mier

Posted at 4:56 PM on June 25, 2014  

Oh, I see. You want to pick at this little piece of evidence, but nothing on the warrant that was provided and the short drive information. Wow. Sore loser.

 
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Bona Fide

Posted at 8:09 AM on June 27, 2014  

ABIC when you point the finger, you have more pointing back at you. You too are also drawing conclusions by concluding that this man is innocent. You’re definitely being irrational to the developing evidence in the case. Regardless of whether you choose to favor the father or not, it’s still your opinion and a fact that you’ve drawn conclusions as well as others.

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ABIC

Posted at 11:46 AM on June 27, 2014  

Who am I pointing a finger at and who is pointing fingers at me? The bottom line is Cooper is dead because of his father. The question is whether his father is a psychotic monster or a loving father that made a terrible mistake. I want justice, nothing more, nothing less. I am simply considering other explanations to the leaked “evidence” that is not being released with all details. I will not draw conclusions until all the information has been presented accurately and in full and I encourage everyone else to do the same.

 
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April

Posted at 1:57 PM on June 25, 2014  

Hang this piece of sh*t.

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Bama

Posted at 1:39 PM on June 25, 2014  

This is the only site that is saying he checked on he car multiple times. All major sources only say during lunch.

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geoffermann

Posted at 1:56 PM on June 25, 2014  

Hardly surprising. The article sucks.

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Anonymous

Posted at 1:24 PM on June 25, 2014  

He found out the kid wasn’t his.

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Anon

Posted at 9:18 AM on June 27, 2014  

the kid looked a lot like him… more probable: he found out his wife was cheating on him, and he wanted to ‘punish’ her by killing their child (or something along those lines).

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atlresident

Posted at 12:21 PM on June 25, 2014  

If google maps says 7 minutes without traffic then at that time of day…in that part of Atlanta…no way had he been in that car any less than 15-20 minutes. None of this adds up!

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geoffermann

Posted at 12:30 PM on June 25, 2014  

What is the significance of the time it takes to get from Home Depot HQ to Akers Mill Square?

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Courtney

Posted at 3:36 PM on June 25, 2014  

The significance is that it would NOT take ANYONE that long to realize their kid was dead in the backseat. This was intentional.

 
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No Sense

Posted at 7:37 PM on June 26, 2014  

The significance is known if you drive in Atlanta traffic at 5pm or even 4:30. It could take 15-50 minutes considering you could sit at the meter to get on the interstate for 15 minutes alone. Or if he took Cumberland Pkwy he would be stuck at stoplights trying to get around the mall for at least 20 minutes.

 
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meandu+3

Posted at 11:14 AM on June 25, 2014  

This little boy is so beautiful, I am very saddened by this incident. There has to be something terribly wrong with that man to know that his son is suffering and he just lets it happen. Shame on you!

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