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Father Charged With Murder Researched Child Car Deaths

Justin Harris “was fearful that this could happen,” according to search warrant.

Cooper and Justin Harris. Credit: Facebook
Cooper and Justin Harris. Credit: Facebook
Justin Harris, whose small son died in a hot car last week, researched child car deaths, according to media reports, including NBC News.

Harris is facing charges of felony murder and 2nd degree child crueltyHe has pleaded not guilty, according to NBC News.

Harris reportedly strapped 22-month-old Cooper into a rear-facing car seat after stopping for breakfast on June 18 and headed to work, where he left the boy in the car all day. Harris returned to the car at lunch to put something in the front seat, according to the warrant.

Seven hours after leaving the boy in the car, Harris pulled over on his way home from work and sought assistance with his son, according to the warrant. Cooper was declared dead in a shopping center parking lot.

“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,” according to search warrants obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen.”

When outside temperatures are in the 60s, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to more than 110 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Temperatures can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes inside a car.

“Even with a window rolled down two inches, if the outside temperature is in the low 80s° Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes,” the NHTSA reports. Further, children’s bodies do not regulate heat as well as adults. “In fact, when left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as fast an adult. High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.”

See Also:

Online Petition Supporting Justin Harris Withdrawn

Cobb Toddler's Death in Hot Car Prompts Prevention Campaign Proposal

Report: Cobb Father Knew Son Was In Hot SUV

Petition Asks Cobb D.A. to Drop Murder Charges Against Justin Harris

Cobb Father Charged with Felony Murder in Son’s Death

Child Heatstroke Death From Inside SUV Renews Warnings




Maria A. June 29, 2014 at 09:53 PM
I pray he are innocent, and this is just a case of a father being overworked, stressed, etc. Only God knows his heart, and God will be the ultimate judge. God's grace extends even to this horrible act. Aren't we glad that God is patient, loving, and kind...to us, too? If he is guilty, he will certainly pay for his crime. If innocent, I do hope circumstantial evidence will not be held against him. We will see.
Brent Seeger June 30, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Maria, yes God's wonderful grace does extend to us all. However he will have to do his time here on the earth and live up to man's court imposed punishment if found guilty. It sure aint lookin good so far.
SUNKEN SUB July 01, 2014 at 03:20 PM
* UP SCOPE ================================================ Susan Smith, Casey Anthony and now a guy named Justin Harris. ================================================ This was no accident, Cooper suffered from a genetic birth defect (water on the brain). ================================================ Harris, with perhaps some support of the spouse, planned to wipe the slate clean and begin again at age 35 or so. ================================================ Remember Cooper ! !================================================ Down Scope
Brent Seeger July 01, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Scope nails it again. Gurgulgurlgulgurlgul

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