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Justin Ross Harris

Son dies in hot car

18 Jun, 2014

Cooper HarrisAccording to police, Harris stops for breakfast at a fast-food restaurant and afterward straps his 22-month-old son, Cooper,  into a rear-facing child restraint seat on his SUV’s back seat. He drives the Home Depot corporate office where he works as a web designer. Instead of taking his son to on-site day-care, as he would usually do, he leaves Cooper in the car seat.

He returns to the car during his lunchbreak, opening the driver’s side door to put something inside, but fails to notice Cooper.

After work, around 4:16 p.m., he drove away from work. A few miles away, he stops the car at a shopping center and calls for help. Witnesses tell police they heard “squealing tires, and the vehicle came to a stop,” Harris got out of the car yelling,

Oh, my God, what have I done?

According to police, Harris stood there with a blank look on his face. When a witness told Harris his son needed CPR, Harris went to the other side of his vehicle and made a phone call, apparently to tell someone his son was dead, a witness told police.

Harris does not call 911, and when an officer tells him to get off his phone, he refuses and says, “F*** you” before an officer takes his phone and handcuffs him. Harris tells police he can’t reach anyone on his telephone, but phone records show that Harris made three calls after he discovered his son’s body, one between him and his employer lasted six minutes. However another witness says :

He was crying. He was hollering. Oh, my God! Oh, my God, my son is dead!”