Warrant: Harris’ wife, Leanna, also researched child car deaths
by Haisten Willis
June 30, 2014 04:00 AM | 5112 views | 13 13 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Justin Ross Harris, his wife, Leanna, and son, Cooper, appear in this photo from their Facebook page, believed to be from last year.<br>Special to the MDJ
Justin Ross Harris, his wife, Leanna, and son, Cooper, appear in this photo from their Facebook page, believed to be from last year.
Special to the MDJ
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CUMBERLAND — Warrants released Sunday morning show both of Cooper Harris’ parents researched child car deaths online before he died.

Justin Ross Harris was charged with felony murder and cruelty to children after Cobb police say he left his 22-month-old son in his car for about seven hours June 18, when temperatures reached the 90s.

Previously released warrants showed Harris admitted to researching child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for it to occur. The latest warrants say his wife, who has not been charged, performed similar research.

“Leanna Harris, the child’s mother, was also questioned regarding the incident and made similar statements regarding researching in car deaths and how it occurs,” the warrants read.

Police would not say why Leanna Harris wasn’t charged or if she was ever considered a suspect.

“The wife was questioned by detectives when this incident occurred and as you know this investigation is still active and ongoing,” said Cobb police spokesman Mike Bowman when asked about Leanna Harris’ role in the case.

The warrants show police searched an iPhone, a Dell computer, a Google Chromecast device, a Lenova T530 ThinkPad, an Apple MacBook and an iPad from Justin Ross Harris’ office, home and his 2011 Hyundai Tucson.

In a description of the crime scene, the warrants read, “It was obvious that the child was deceased.”

Justin Harris said he was supposed to drop his son off at day care that morning, but he didn’t. He did stop at a Chick-fil-A in Vinings with his son near The Home Depot headquarters, where he worked as a Web developer for the company, according to the search warrants.

Cooper Harris was left in the car from 9:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., the warrant says, when his father discovered he was dead while driving to meet friends.

“Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen,” the warrant stated.

Justin Harris, 33, has been in jail without bond since June 18, and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 3.

Police also looked for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, blood, DNA, hairs or fibers in his car, as well as “paperwork or writings related to the crime of homicide and cruelty to children,” according to the warrant.

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anonymous
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June 30, 2014
I was a total supporter of this father at first because I had watched a TV show previously where this nurse left her child in the car and she seemed totally believable. However, it dawned on me that not only did this man forget to drop his child off at day care, but he also forgot to pick him up at the end of the day. And he went to the car his son was in halfway in between at noon. So, that is three times he forgot his son was in the car. Not. Not. Not. Whatever made this man do this, I don't know, but whatever made this man believe he could get away with it after forgetting his son, first, in the morning after just eating breakfast with his son; second, going to his car at noon; and third, forgetting to pick him up at day care. Three times he forget his son was in the car; not once, but three times. Not. Not. Not. The part I don't get about this story is why Vic Reynolds is keeping so silent and not pointing out all the facts I just pointed out, so that this child is not being discussed on national TV over and over again....daily....CNN....Nancy Grace....Dr. Phil...on and on and on with the news coverage. I guess it is a slow news day in the nation. Sad thing is that Vic did not prosecute the police officers that did the exact same thing to two police officer DOGS, who died under these same circumstances, with one police officer going away on vacation for THREE DAYS without "remembering" the police dog was in the car.....clawing up the air bags, the door handles, and anything he could claw at to get at before he died. And Vic DID NOTHING, absolutely nothing, to convict these men that sentenced his police dogs to such a horrific death. Absolutely nothing. A dog is not a human? It is a living breathing creation of God that has feelings the same as we humans have. God bless Vic for slapping the hand of the canine officers. God bless Vic for real. I pray for all the dogs on the Cobb County canine uit.
Bill in Kennesaw
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June 30, 2014
JUSTIN AND LEANNA HARRIS SHOULD BE EXECUTED

for the lingering death they subjected their son Cooper Harris too.

In the 1800's this would have had a swift conclusion. A crowd would have gathered, the jail would be stormed and both scum bags would have been taken out to the nearest tree and hanged.

Today they will be in the courts for the next few years as they slowly get their 'justice'.

The only good thing is that when they are finally sentenced neither will survive very long in prison as child killers are the most hated of all inmates and they don't have a long life expectancy in prison.
dmrosser
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June 30, 2014
Just because she wife has been charged yet doesn't mean she won't be. If she researched the info, if seems very likely that this was a planned "murder" of a precious little boy. And based on the statements she made a the child's funeral, she is a very sick invidivual.
Macaroo
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June 30, 2014
What kind of mother says at the funeral of her baby that she wouldn't bring him back if she could, to this broken world. What parent wouldn't give anything, even their own life, to bring back a child they have lost. I would give up my life in a heartbeat to save my child. Something is wrong with this whole case.
Just Wait
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June 30, 2014
Does this not get creepier every day?
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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June 30, 2014
These 2 so-called "parents" are perfect examples of the vapid, ignorant, self-centered generation of couples suffering from "Baby On Board" mentality. In other words; everyone do my thinking for me in regards to the safety of our children. I say BUNK. If YOU want children, then YOU take care of them. If not, then you suffer legal consequences. Period.
anonymous
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June 30, 2014
Or, a couple of people who both had jobs and had to take their kid to day care so they could go to work ( to pay for all of the benefits that are owed to the old folks of the country).

Just guessing, but I would not be surprised if you did not confront that situation as you were raising you kids, May-retta Survivor.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 01, 2014
@anonymous: Unlike Juston and Leanns Harris, my wife and I waited to have children UNTIL we could support them and provide a safe, repeat safe, living environment. The FACT is, just because a person can reproduce, does not mean that they should. Period!
Jeff A. Taylor
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June 30, 2014
Were I a news editor in a community handed such an incident and set of facts, I'd tell my reporters to re-double their efforts to get someone in this couple's inner circle to talk. Don't wait for the police to spoon-feed you info -- they are doing a very different job, namely trying to build a case against the father and, likely, determine if any charges can possibly be sustained against the mother. The DA will have quite a bit of wrestling to do regardless, not an easy call unless some new set of facts emerges.

In the meantime, the journalistic question is: Were there any indications noticed by anyone, if only hindsight, that pointed to such an incident as a possibility? Any possible motive?
anonymous
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June 30, 2014
Cobb PD is not saying WHEN they did this google search. Am guessing it was not any time real recent. Further, it is not an unusual thing to want to know about.

I am starting to think that Cobb PD and Vic Reynolds have thrown this bit of half-info out for the public to consume. The purpose being to make the case sound like more than it really is. It is an effort on the part of PD/DA to try to tamp down the public blasting they were taking from charging this guy like he was Osama Bin Laden.

I am starting to think (again) that the Cops/DA really don't have anything more. But, the cops and DA don't like it when the public starts showing how badly they disagree with the nonsense/abuse that they (cops/DA) impose on citizens.

Am again thinking: tragic accident and unhinged cops/DA.

whatever, anonymous
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June 30, 2014
"charging this guy like he was Osama Bin Laden"... wow, drama much? You don't even know what the facts are of the case, yet you make blind assumptions just to bad mouth law enforcement and the DA. You're rhetoric is boring at this point.
ofcourseuranonymous
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June 30, 2014
It's probably best you remain 'anonymous' because you sound like a paranoid buffoon! Let the police and DA's office do their jobs. What do you do for a living, huh? You want others meddling in your business and peering over your shoulder? Of course not.

An emotional and overzealous group drew up a petition in support of the creepy dad. They were the ones who jumped the gun, not the law enforcement officials.

Oh, and that was a pretty ignorant analogy, comparing the father with Osama Bin Laden. Classic
Jeff A. Taylor
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June 30, 2014
Anon, two points.

1 - I am frequently critical of police overreach and prosecutorial abuse in general and in particular find that Cobb PD and Reynolds only do a passing job in what is a relatively easy perch from which to administer criminal justice. But I see absolutely nothing to complain about in their handling of this case. Maybe they shoulda just ignored the groundswell of support for the father and not dropped that dopey (and insulting) plea to "let us do our jobs," but that is about it. And it does not impact the case at all, just the PR around it.

2 -- Speaking of PR, I'd recently moved from SC when Susan Smith killed her boys. In '94 there was nothing like online petitions and ready-made "protest" and "support" pages and tools -- but I guarantee that Smith would've gotten a huge amount of support in those first couple of days. People just refused to believe she had done what she had done and the motive -- that Smith wanted to run away with rich lover who didn't what kids -- was too brutal to consider.
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