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

Tue, June 24, 2014 12:00pm EDT by Lauren Cox 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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