Justin Ross Harris

Calls in to funeral, wife defends

28 Jun, 2014

Harris calls in to his son’s funeral in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from Cobb County Jail, and speaks to the entire auditorium on speakerphone.

Thank you for everything you’ve done for my boy. Good life. (Inaudible) No words to say. Just horrible. (Inaudible) I’m just sorry I can’t be there.

He also tells everyone he loves them and starts crying again.

Leanna Harris replies to her husband:

First of all Ross, I love you and I’m doing this for you, OK. Two years ago when we welcomed a 6-pound, 8-ounce perfect baby into the world, this never crossed my mind.

Later she says to the congregation:

Am I angry with Ross? 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.

She follows her son’s casket out of the church, still on the phone with her husband and tells him she loves him before hanging up. The Home Depot charity, the Homer Fund, pays for the funeral.

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