A man has been given a life jail term with no chance of parole after he left his toddler son in a hot car to die. The jury believed that the father deliberately left his own child in a SUV for hours.
Justin Ross Harris, 36, has been convicted of murder along with other offences related to the death two years ago of tragic Cooper, who was just 22 months old at the tie of his death. Jurors believed that he left the little boy to die on purpose.
The little boy would have been in the car for seven hours, left in the back seat of his dad’s car while Harris went inside an office in surburban Atlanta to work. During the day, temperatures soared to the high 20s.
Harris was meant to have taken his son to day care in the morning before heading to work, but he drove straight to his job at Home Depot, where he worked as a web developer. He said he simply forgot that his son was in the back of the car.
Jurors were told that Harris had been flirting online and having affairs with a number of women, including an underage girl and a prostitute. The jury decided that the father had decided to deliberately kill his little boy so he no longer had to cope with family life.
Because of the emotive nature of the case, it received massive publicity and the trial was relocated away from the Cobb County area so that Harris could receive a fair trial. A jury in Glynn County, Georgia, heard evidence for a month before deliberating for four days. They found Harris guilty of malice murder, felony murder and sending sexual text messages and nude photos to an underage girl. It is understood that Harris will be kept under close watch in jail where he may be targetted by other inmates.