Cobb Father Charged with Felony Murder in Son’s Death

Twenty-two-month-old child died after apparently mistakenly being left in the back of an SUV all day on Wednesday.

Justin Ross Harris. Credit: Cobb County jail
Justin Ross Harris. Credit: Cobb County jail

Justin Harris had his first appearance on Thursday afternoon several hours after being charged in the murder of his son, 22-month-old Cooper.

Instructed by a Cobb County magistrate judge that he was not eligible for bond due to the seriousness of the charges against him, the 33-year-old native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., native will remain in the Cobb jail until his next court appearance, set for July 15.

Cobb police continue to investigate the toddler’s death. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 770-499-3945.

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Cobb police have charged a Marietta man with felony murder after he allegedly left his 22-month-old boy in an SUV all day on Wednesday.

Police have also charged Justin Ross Harris with cruelty to children in the first degree. Harris, 33, remained in the Cobb County jail on Thursday morning without bond following his Wednesday arrest in a Cumberland-area shopping center parking lot.

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The boy, who has not been identified, was reportedly left accidentally in a carseat in the backseat of a four-door SUV during a day when temperatures reached the low 90s.

He remained in the vehicle for more than seven hours until he was discovered by a distraught Harris, who told authorities he forgot to drop the boy off at daycare earlier that morning before going to work.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, temperatures inside a closed vehicle can rise by an average of 19 degrees within 10 minutes.

makeba bolen June 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM
It has been reported that this was a cover up as the baby was already dead when he was left in the car. The sad part is that if that's true, he is getting sympathy for killing his son
Matt Sicignano June 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM
If true, the police should have been more forthcoming with that information-it obviously must have surfaced early. The price of withholding information like that causes people to distrust the police. Any "evidence' that is now brought out is going to look like a cover-up caused by the public outcry. Either way, bad decisions were made by the police.
SUNKEN SUB July 02, 2014 at 01:47 PM
* UP SCOPE ================================================ This was no accident. ================================================ Little Cooper had a birth defect (water on the brain). ================================================ SOMEONE didn't want the responsibility of raising him. ================================================ Down Scope


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