“The campaign was recently removed from the site so that the controversy and debate surrounding the Harris matter did not become a distraction to the millions of other donors,” said Michael Blasco, a spokesman for YouCaring.
On Thursday, Adriana Higuera, a spokeswoman for PayPal, announced the company will give back the money people donated to the campaign through PayPal.
“PayPal will soon be issuing refunds to all customers who donated through PayPal to the fundraising campaign for the Harris family through YouCaring.com,” Higuera said.
The campaign was created in the days after Harris was questioned by police for leaving his 22-month-old son in his car for seven hours while he spent that time in his Home Depot office June 18. On Thursday, Home Depot announced Harris, who was a Web developer, was fired.
Supporters donated to the campaign when Harris was charged with murder and child cruelty, in support of him, but before police released details as to why they thought the child’s death was not an accident.
New details were released about Harris’ past from a records request for his personnel file at the Tuscaloosa Police Department.
Harris graduated from Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1999.
He went on to work at the University of Alabama’s TV station, WVUA, from December 1999 to January 2000, before he was asked to resign because “he was told by WVUA he wasn’t suitable for the job,” according to personnel files.
Harris was also working at Clear Channel Radio as a sound board operator from February 1999 to March 2000.
After that job, Harris went to Coca-Cola, where he was a merchandiser from March 2000 to June 2001.
From 2001 to 2006, Harris worked at the university as a parking monitor and as a mail delivery clerk, according to his personnel files. Cathy Andreen, spokeswoman for the University of Alabama, confirmed his employment.
After that, he worked at the police station as a dispatcher from June 2006 to May 2009, when he resigned.
Harris went on to enroll at the University of Alabama in August of 2009, Andreen said. He graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration.
Harris didn’t tell the Tuscaloosa police about his job at the TV station, but police found out Harris had hidden this fact from them during a lie detector test they gave him before agreeing to hire him.
During the polygraph test, Harris said he had gotten two warnings for being late to work at Coca-Cola.
On his application to work for the police department, he wrote he had been laid off by the company because of “cutbacks.”
Harris also revealed during the test he had smoked marijuana “once in 1997,” and he had stolen a T-shirt while working at Clear Channel Radio.