Magistrate Court Of Cobb County released warrants on June 28 that might shed new light on the case of 34-year-old Justin Ross Harris and the death of his son, Cooper Harris. CBS News reports the accused admitted to researching the temperature at which children die in cars.
On June 18, Justin, who was suppose to drop his 22-month-old son off at daycare, forgot the child was in the back seat and went to work instead. Cooper was left unattended in the SUV for several hours in the heat. Soon after leaving work Justin pulled into a shopping mall parking lot, pulled Cooper out of the SUV, started performing CPR and calling for help.
When authorities arrived on scene, Cooper was dead and was said to have been dead for some time. According to a Georgia medical examiner the cause of death was hyperthermia. Justin’s charges include murder and second-degree child cruelty in the death of Cooper.
According to the warrants during an interview, Justin stated that he recently searched child deaths in cars. It is not clear as to when the search had taken place. The reason for his search, according to Harris, is he was afraid that it could happen. Al.com reports warrents revealed today that, “Leanna Harris, the child’s mother, was also questioned regarding the incident and made similar statements regarding researching in car deaths and how it occurs.” There have not been any charges against Leanna,30. With the said warrants police seized and searched various electronic devices, Justin’s SUV and the family’s condo looking for evidence of child neglect or abuse.
Warrants also state it was discovered that after leaving their home in Marietta Justin took the child to Chik-fil-A in Vinings for breakfast. According to Fox 5 News the car was not left entirely unattended that day. Investigators found that Justin had made a trip out to his car that afternoon. After placing something in his car, from the driver’s side, he went back to work.
Leanna, is not angry at Justin. “Am I angry with Ross?” CNN reported her as saying. “Absolutely not. It has never crossed my mind. Ross is and was and will be, if we have more children, a wonderful father. Ross is a wonderful daddy and leader for our household. Cooper meant the world to him.”
Cooper’s funeral was Saturday, June 28. At the funeral al.com reports Leanne, “said she misses her son deeply, but finds solace knowing Cooper is shielded from knowing the pain of a broken heart, from mourning the death of his own loved ones and from being exposed to the hard truths of a world that she called broken.”
Harris is due back in court July 3. He will remain in Cobb County Jail with no bond.