Dad Charged With Murder: Police Doubt Toddler Death From Heat Story

Tue, June 24, 2014 12:00pm EST by 9 Comments

Police have revealed that there is reason to believe there may have been foul play involved in the death of a toddler. Originally, the 22-month-old boy’s father claimed his son died after being left in a hot car for over seven hours. Scary.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, was charged with murder and child cruelty just days after “forgetting” that his son was in the car for hours in the grueling heat. Now, Atlanta Police have responded to criticism for the charges by claiming that there is more to the story than the public knows.

Toddler’s Father Under Investigation After ‘Forgotten’ Son Dies In Hot Car

This sad story has gotten very strange.

On June 18, Justin found his 22-month-old son unresponsive in the backseat of his vehicle. He immediately pulled into the Akers Mill Square parking lot to perform CPR, but it was too late — his little boy was gone.

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

Shortly after the tragic incident Justin was charged with murder and child cruelty, then taken into custody by the Cobb County Police where his request bond was denied. He has since pleaded not guilty.

After receiving flack from people all over the country, the Cobb County Police Department released a statement to CNN on June 23 which reveals that they are investigating potential foul play.

“Much has changed about the circumstances leading up to the death of this 22-month-old since it was first reported. I’ve been in law enforcement for 34 years. What I know about this case shocks my conscience as a police officer, a father and a grandfather,” Police Sgt. Dana Pierce explained.

Dana also revealed that the open investigation has not been able to confirm whether or not the toddler was inside Justin’s vehicle at 9am as he originally stated.

Cobb County Police refuse to elaborate further on their statement, but have confirmed that the child’s autopsy has been completed. Cobb County Medical Operations Manager Mike Gerhard shared that there are “some questions” that need to be answered after the autopsy.

How sad. What originally seemed to be a tragic accident could turn out to be a case of horrifying deception.

– Lauren Cox

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Posted at 10:45 PM on June 25, 2014  

So here’s what the police want you to believe: The parents made a lovely home. You see a bright, beautiful little boy. The landlord who observed them thought they were dedicated parents. And ALL THE SUDDEN a father who is working his heart out for his family, and has the unfortunate sense to eat at Chick-A-Fil, which alone could have caused ill-advised behavior, didn’t forget his baby in the back-facing seat, but something more diabolical. Projecting much? RIP and prayers to the family. Sad. Sad. Sad. Sad. Sad.

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lisa parin

Posted at 7:25 PM on June 24, 2014  

I just know when mine were two years old, they were most often interactive in the car and not likely to sleep like an infant would, especially given the early morning time of day of this incident. Mine took morning and afternoon naps while they were maybe a year and younger, but they didn’t take morning naps at two years old. If he got up at 7:00 to 8:00AM to be somewhere by 9:00AM, he wouldn’t likely have fallen asleep that early, in my humble opinion anyway.

It seems to me that there is very clear evidence something happened before he was put in the car and that the “I forgot him in the car” doesn’t fit what they saw at the scene. I really hate to say this, but I watch enough forensic TV and Discovery ID to know that when a person dies from force, the bruises will appear much darker several hours later than they do right when they happen. It could be that the baby’s body condition and marks told the whole ugly story. I just don’t think this police department would be being so vocal and forthcoming if they weren’t sure something nefarious occurred. There was a dad in our area that did this several years ago and it was so unbelievably tragic even for the community. He was not charged as it was so obvious it was an accident due to a change in his normal routine. Something’s up with the condition of this boy’s body as officials were open that they felt there was wrongdoing even before the autopsy was complete.

Rest in peace sweet baby.

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Amy Kirby

Posted at 1:08 AM on June 27, 2014  

lisa parin and frenchheart,

In response to your comments I totally agree and am now startng to thnk that maybe he drugged the child at breakfast, maybe that’s why he didn’t make a sound ub the car or cry loud enough that someone in the parking lot would have heard him????

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Posted at 10:16 AM on July 1, 2014  

The new information that the dad had bought the child breakfast less than a mile before the Home Depot where he worked, makes it even less likely that the child was quiet and asleep in the back.

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Lady Love

Posted at 5:38 PM on June 24, 2014  

You can’t forget a two-year old in the car…That baby was too old! It’s the little ones that sleep a lot and are hidden in those canopied backwards facing car seats that are in danger of being forgotten. I cannot fathom how a two year old could be asleep at that time of day and sleep that long and go unnoticed in the parking lot. I also cannot figure out how the man went SEVEN HOURS without thinking of his son ONCE. His story doesn’t add up!

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Posted at 4:02 PM on June 24, 2014  

So 90% of people were completely factually incorrect and still forcing their ignorant views on others? Well that about sums up modern democracy right there.

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Posted at 12:32 PM on June 24, 2014  

Freaking people are sick!

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Chantel Keona

Posted at 10:47 AM on June 24, 2014  

This is horrible. SMH

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