Last week, a baby in a parked car for seven hours succumbed to the heat and died. At the time, the father claimed it was an innocent oversight and that he forgot about the child and went to work and left the child behind on a hot day by accident.
However, it’s since been claimed by multiple sources that the man, facing felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree charges, may have been lying.
Previously, it was reported that Atlanta man Justin Ross Harris planned to take his 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris, to the on-site daycare at his workplace of over two years, the Atlanta Home Depot headquarters. However, the child was left behind in his carseat in the man’s car in 91 degree weather. Temperatures inside the car soon rose to a reported 130-140 degrees.
Justin finished work seven hours later and drove home, and only on his way there did he reportedly realise the child was slumped over in the back of the vehicle.
Justin pulled over into a nearby mall parking lot and eyewitnesses saw him and paramedics try and fail CPR as the father yelled “What have I done!” The child was pronounced dead, the father was questioned and later arrested for the death of his son.
Today, sources report that the father may have plotted to kill the child and the story is allegedly a coverup for premeditated murder.
A new warrant states that, rather than “forget” about his son all day, the father returned to his car through the driver’s side door mid-day “to place an object into the vehicle. He then closed the door and left the car, re-entering his place of business.”
“Within moments of the first responders getting to the scene and doing their job and questions began to be asked about the moments that led up to their arrival at the scene, some of those answers were not making sense to the first responders,” Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.
Adding, “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.”
UPDATE 7/3/2014: Gawker.com notes, “Last week, we learned that Harris and his wife had reportedly researched children and animals dying in cars before the incident, and in court it was revealed that the father had also looked into how to survive in prison and visited a subreddit called “childfree,” which has since been made private.”