Cooper Harris, the twenty-two month old toddler killed last month after being left to bake in a hot car was buried on Saturday. But questions remain as Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris has been charged in the boy’s death after investigators found someone in the home had searched the internet for information on dying in hot cars. His behavior during the day has also made the father’s claim that he was absent-minded, seem unrealistic.
The morning of the boy’s death, Justin Ross Harris bought his son breakfast and should have then dropped him off at daycare, but instead drove to work. Around noon, he returned to his car to put light bulbs he had purchased in his car. He also received an e-mail from the daycare. And police have found that while at work, Justin Harris often communicated with numerous women, including sexting on the day of the incident. But nothing reminded him that he had left his son in the back of his car until he drove off after work and discovered him dead in the back.
Toxicology reports have come back with no drugs or medication in the boy’s system and investigators are running experiments to determine how hot the car would have gotten that day (could have been as high as 140 degrees!)
It all adds up to some very serious questions about this boy’s death. Police are sure the father is guilty of murder and the grand jury agreed there is enough evidence to try the father. The next question is whether the mother, Leanna Harris is involved as well.
Reports have stated that Leanna acted strangely before and even on the day her son died. When she arrived at the day care to pick her son up and learned that he wasn’t there, she allegedly stated, “Ross must have left him in the car.” Even though workers told her there could be other reasons her husband failed to drop the boy off, she repeated it. Also when police were investigating the internet searches on car deaths, Leanna claims they made the search together as they were curious on ‘how it occurs.”
More information will come out in the coming weeks as police continue to investigate and as we move closer to Justin Ross Harris’ trial. Leanna Harris has now obtained a criminal attorney.
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