New warrants released in Harris case
by Emily Boorstein
July 05, 2014 04:00 AM | 6518 views | 8 8 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Justin Ross Harris sits motionless with one of his attorneys, Carlos Rodriguez, on Thursday during a probable cause hearing before Chief Magistrate Judge Frank R. Cox. The judge ruled in favor of probable cause against Harris on charges of second-degree cruelty to a child and felony murder of his 22-month-old son Cooper. New warrants were released Friday, and most of the information released in the warrants corroborated what Detective Phillip Stoddard said Thursday in the hearing, including ‘evidence of inappropriate sexual communications with other women has been obtained.’<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Justin Ross Harris sits motionless with one of his attorneys, Carlos Rodriguez, on Thursday during a probable cause hearing before Chief Magistrate Judge Frank R. Cox. The judge ruled in favor of probable cause against Harris on charges of second-degree cruelty to a child and felony murder of his 22-month-old son Cooper. New warrants were released Friday, and most of the information released in the warrants corroborated what Detective Phillip Stoddard said Thursday in the hearing, including ‘evidence of inappropriate sexual communications with other women has been obtained.’
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — New warrants were released Friday in the case against Justin Ross Harris, the man accused of intentionally letting his child die in the back seat of his car.

Most of the information released in the warrants corroborated what Detective Phillip Stoddard said Thursday in a probable cause hearing, including “evidence of inappropriate sexual communications with other women has been obtained.”

Stoddard said in court Harris had been exchanging explicit images with women on the day his 22-month-old son Cooper died.

Stoddard said after Harris left his son in the car that morning, he returned to it after lunch. At that time, he placed some newly purchased light bulbs in the car his son was still in, the detective said.

The new warrants say investigators are searching Harris’ townhouse in Cumberland to see if the home needed new light bulbs.

Harris instructed family members on how to collect two life insurance policies on Cooper worth $27,000, the warrants also say.

A number of search warrants were taken out on computers, Harris’ cellphone and other electronic devices to find information dealing with Harris’ finances and credit card debt.

Harris told police he had recently started a new business and he had about $4,000 in credit card debt to earn airline miles. He also said he and his wife had car and student loans to pay for.

Harris’ electronic devices are being searched for communication “regarding child, wife and family issues” as well as Internet searches about car seats and deaths in cars.

Harris remains in jail without bond.

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Activefitmom516
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July 07, 2014
This story breaks my heart. I have four children of my own. There are days they drive me crazy but never in a million years could I let one of them die. What is wrong with these two people? A beautiful, helpless little boy lost his life because of two people who didn't seem to care. Karma.
Mom comment
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July 06, 2014
I hope the detectives are looking at some of the cultish aka odd practices of the Church of Christ "preachers" and their followers. On one website a former COC member who describes this "religions" beliefs and practices; no Holy Spirit ; weird concept on Baptism;; no musical instruments (except one splinter group); no central church. This guy describes how the Preacher ( they don't have pastors ) scared some 90 year old man into believing that he would not go to heaven if he did not divorce he second wife of 45 years ( that he had 3 children with ) because of the COC beliefs , Even though this guy hadn't converted until after he had married this wife. This preacher talked him into divorcing this wife, dis inheriting her and leaving her and the three children from the marriage with nothing.

Perhaps a Preacher or Ross convinced them if they were childless he would not have this cheating problem. Which is why the wife was resolved to him killing the child.

This crazy group does not believe the wife should cut her hair. Rather possessive, weird.
Cal Kelley
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July 06, 2014
You have the wrong take on Church of Christ members and are totally ignorant about its practices. Attend one for a while and you will not see any of the "bad" things of which you speak. I will say there are some that are stricter than others, but I am 65 years old and never attended a church of Christ where I was told my second husband wasn't legal .. You need to know what you are talking about before printing something so slanderous about a group of people that you have no clue about.
Cal Kelley
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July 06, 2014
Oh, and by the way, my hair is very short and I wear jeans to services on Wednesdays, and I do believe that you have the Church of God mixed up on this issue. Church of God like the long hair, but some of them cut it also. Church of Christ rarely has a woman with long hair attend where I go with some 500 members.
Huh??
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July 06, 2014
What in the world are you talking about?? Where did you see that Ross Harris was involved in any Church of Christ? How does anything you wrote relate to this case at all?
RCandMoonPieand7
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July 10, 2014
To Mom:

I have heard the same things about the church of Christ (CofC), but those I heard it from were seriously misinformed.

I do not know if Justin Ross Harris was ever a member of it. He and his wife were active members at some community church during the past several years. A lady in a newspaper article said he had been active in his youth at a CofC in Alabama. Cooper's funeral was held in an Alabama CofC building. People from other faiths attended his funeral.

Even if Justin Ross Harris went to a CofC at one time in his life, he would not have been part of a cult. There is nothing weird about that group of Christians. Female members have short hair. The members very much believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. They baptize in the name of the Father, Jesus, and the Holly Spirit for the forgiveness of their sins, just as those in Acts 2:38. Baptism literally means "immersion." That is why neither the CofC nor the Baptist sprinkle, but immersed. Christ was also immersed by John the Baptist--so it is not a weird concept. The "splinter group" you speak of is now called the Christian Church. You are correct in that they use instruments and that the CofC only sing, based on Eph. 5:19. The early Christians did not use instruments. Instruments were introduced by the Catholic Church, which accepted the organ around 1250 B.C. The Baptist accepted organs after 1840 B.C. Many religious groups reject instrumental music in worship to this day--not just the CofC. Some CofC use instruments, but that is not the norm. The CofC believes Christ is the head of the church. Each congregation uses only the Bible as its guide. So centralization/headquarters are rejected. They have elders who they also call shepherds or pastors. They have deacons to serve as needed. Preachers are sometimes pastors as well, but they usually do not have a dual role--it is up to the local congregation to appoint their own elders. The structure of the church is in the book of Eph. Elders, deacons, preachers are to serve other Christians and are not in a position to go beyond what Christ and his apostles taught.

Almost every religious group tell their members that divorce and remarriage is adultery. That is because Jesus said so in all the gospels. Matthew 5 and Matthew 19 are often quoted. Christians leave the judging up to God. I believe your story about the 90 year old man because several decades ago, there were individuals who taught this in various faiths. The man who divorce his second wife as well as his first, is responsible for making that decision even if others pressured him to do so. Maybe he agreed with them. Who knows?

As far as your theory that a preacher may have convinced Ross that he would not cheat on his wife if he were childless makes no sense. He was not going to a church of Christ when all this came about. But whatever Ross' faith is, surely his preacher would never have put such an idea into his head. I do not think you would find a preacher in any religion who would think or suggest such.

Ross may have committed murder, I do not know. But even if Ross did not intentionally kill Cooper, he is responsible for his death, I hope he will seek God's forgiveness of all his sins--sexting, etc. Every person on this planet should be seeking God's forgiveness day and night. Read 1 Timothy 1:10. Murder is a grave sin, but read about all the other sins that will keep us out of heaven.

Trying to blame the church of Christ or any other Christian faith is not appropriate. Christians do not approve of the things Ross has been accused of doing. My guess is that he was taught right from wrong, and then choose his own direction.

By the way, the Church of Christ is not the same as the Church of God. Their practices are different. The women I know in the Church of God have long hair and do not wear slacks. That might seem weird to you, but there is nothing wrong with modesty. And there is nothing wrong with a wife being in subjection to her husband, and a husband loving his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. If we would all follow what God has told us to do, there would not be adultery, fornication, slander, false witnesses, kidnappers, or greedy people.
JB's Mom
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September 04, 2014
Wow, you are ignorant and should not write about something you know nothing about.

DeputyDawgUGA
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July 05, 2014
The "six minute phone call" he made while near the body of his dead son......... "to his employer"......... No details so far as to what kind of conversation was so important, at that moment, and to whom was he speaking. In-house Legal Counsel?
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