Another baby was tragically killed after being left in a hot car for seven hours by his father, Justin Ross Harris. Now, the father has been arrested and charged with felony murder. So sad.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, completely forgot that his baby boy, just 22 months old, was strapped into his carseat in the back of his car on June 18. Justin’s son is the 13th child to be killed by heat stroke after being left in an unsupervised and sealed vehicle in 2014.
Father Charged With Murder After Leaving His Son In A Hot Car
A father has been charged with felony murder and child cruelty after mistakenly leaving his son in his car on Wednesday, June 18.
Justin Ross Harris completely forgot to drop his son off at daycare on his way to work, and did not realize that his baby boy was still in the car until seven hours later when he was on his way back home, reports TIME.
After discovering his son’s lifeless body in the back of his car, a witness claims Justin pulled into the Akers Mill Square parking lot and desperately tried to resuscitate the toddler, according to a local CBS affiliate.
Sadly, he was not successful. Justin is being held at the Cobb County Detention Center, and he was denied bond at his first court appearance on June 19.
Another Baby Left In A Car In Florida Was Killed The Same Week
The death of Justin’s son is the second occurrence of a baby being left to die in a hot car this week. Both situations are eerily similar.
On June 16, Steven Lillie forgot to drop his daughter, 9 months old, at daycare on his way to work in Rockledge, Florida. It was not until he received a concerned phone call about his daughter’s whereabouts that he realized he left her in the car for five hours outside of his office.
Originally, police did not press charges against Steven — ruling the tragedy a horrible accident. However, it appears that they changed their minds just days later, according to FOX.
On June 20, Steven was taken into custody on an aggravated manslaughter charge. He is currently awaiting a transfer from the Rockledge Police Department to Brevard County Jail.
These two deaths bring the total up to 13 for children who have died from being locked inside a hot car in 2014.
— Lauren Cox
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