This just keeps getting more heartbreaking. Justin Ross Harris, the man accused of leaving his toddler son to die in a hot car, admitted to researching child deaths inside vehicles, police said in a search warrant.
Justin Ross Harris’, 33, twisted tale just keeps getting more twisted. Justin is accused of leaving his toddler son, Cooper Harris, 22 months, to die in a hot car in Georgia and now police are saying he researched how to kill a child inside a vehicle. How horrifying.
Justin Ross Harris: Admits To Researching Child Death Inside Vehicles, Police Say
In a sworn statement from police in a search warrant, Justin Ross Harris admitted to researching how to kill a child inside a vehicle, according to CNN.
“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,” a police officer said in the search warrant. “Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen.”
The father to the 22-month-old toddler already researched how long it would take an animal to die in a hot car, according to Fox 5 News.
Justin allegedly left Cooper to die in a hot car on June 18. He is being charged with murder and second-degree child cruelty. While Justin has pleaded not guilty to the charges, police believe Justin returned to his car several hours before discovering Cooper’s “lifeless” body in the backseat, reports CNN.
Cooper’s autopsy results were finally released on June 25 by the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office and confirmed what Cooper died from.
Justin Ross Harris’ Son Died From Hyperthermia
The autopsy results released on June 25 said that Cooper died from hyperthermia, WPIX reports. Hyperthermia happens when the body is elevated in temperature by producing and/or absorbing more heat than the body is releasing.
Cooper was left for hours in the backseat of his father’s car before being discovered by Justin. An eyewitness claims that Justin was “acting up” upon discovering Cooper’s body.
“I know he had lost his baby but he was acting up more than he should have been,” witness Edward Cockerham, 49, told the Daily Mail. “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.”
Justin is being held in the Cobb County Jail and will not be allowed to attend Cooper’s funeral, CNN also reports.
Our thoughts go out to Cooper’s family during this very difficult time.
— Avery Thompson