Sources: Toddler death may not have been accidental
by Sarah Westwood and Haisten Willis
June 24, 2014 06:06 PM | 10664 views | 9 9 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — Sources familiar with the investigation say the death of the toddler left in a hot car last week may not have been an accident.

The 22-month-old boy, who died June 18 after police say his father left him in a hot car for more than seven hours, will be buried Saturday in Tuscaloosa at a private family ceremony, according to his obituary.

Cobb police haven’t confirmed the information, but Sgt. Dana Pierce has strongly alluded there is more to the case.

“There is so much more that has shed light on what’s going on,” Pierce has said. “What I learned from investigators shocked my conscience.”

Pierce said Tuesday he expects the cause of death and search warrants to be released at some point today.

He added the warrants should include information about why police searched Justin Ross Harris’ office and also about what they found.

Harris, 33, initially told police he forgot to drop off his son Cooper at day care that morning before heading into work at The Home Depot’s headquarters in Cumberland.

Temperatures hovered at about 90 degrees during the day, and police say by the time the Web developer began the drive home to his condo, the toddler was dead.

Police arrested Harris on charges of felony murder and child cruelty the same day, prompting widespread outrage at law enforcement’s handling of what appeared to be a tragic accident.

Now, sources have indicated the events leading to Cooper’s death may have not been as accidental as they seemed early on.

Follow the story here for updated information throughout the day. 

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Kimberly116
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June 25, 2014
I sincerely hope that this was an accident. I can't fathom how or what would motivate someone to do this on purpose. At any rate, this is a long read, but a good, Pulitzer Prize winning one. Worth the time to read.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/fatal-distraction-forgetting-a-child-in-thebackseat-of-a-car-is-a-horrifying-mistake-is-it-a-crime/2014/06/16/8ae0fe3a-f580-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html
anongjgjhghg
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June 25, 2014
Another case of the police arresting someone without probably cause trying to make the shoe fit, but in this case people caught up with the program early, and the police know that a civil rights lawsuit in imminent, so now the rats in the police department are started to spread rumors to the press to try to publicly convict him before an indictment to try to intimidate him to plea guilty.
Any update
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June 28, 2014
Any update on your ridiculous and slanderous comments about the PD? No? My bad, I'll wait until you get your foot outta your mouth first.
scottyb
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June 25, 2014
I do not understand how you can leave your child in the car. He knew the child was there he dropped off his other son at the day care why not Cooper? He worked all day no one saw his car at the Home Depot parking lot; did not notice a child crying screaming? Then he realized on his way home the child was still in the car? He should be charged with murder. If they let him go because he has suffered enough then what will that do the any one else who does this to their child? We have stiffer laws in place for animal cruelty why is this any different? How can you say he has suffered enough? What about his poor little son innocent thinking daddy is coming back for me, crying screaming then DYING in the heat. How can you say he suffered enough? He should have this fused in his brain for all eternity.
missed it
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June 25, 2014
I have been specifically looking for things and missed them while looking exactly where they were, so I hope they got more than him going to his car once. Maybe they do! We'll see.

I said it before but I will say it again: If he had left his baby on a Marta train, some stranger would have said "hey stranger you left your baby," and he would have said "oh heck! thanks, stranger!".

If we had any type of commuter rail, light or otherwise, the benefits of a commuter society could have been in play, versus the isolationist, uber expensive commuting we opt for in these parts so inexplicably despite supposedly being conservative yet paying as much as possible to move any person any mile.

As we ALL know, "I am above the law in my car.. Killing by car does not count!"
get a grip
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June 25, 2014
Wow, you TSPLOST people really need to let the bitterness go and move on with your lives. Maybe you and the Anti-Braves crowd could do all the rest of us in the County a favor and go form a commune somewhere south of Macon.
Holy Cow
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June 25, 2014
This is by far the dumbest comment I have ever read, and there are a lot of dumbs that comment here.
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