Leanna Harris defends husband
by Emily Boorstein
August 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 3780 views | 11 11 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — The mother of the boy who died in a hot car in Cobb continues to defend her husband.

“Ross was a wonderful father, and he loved Cooper with all of his heart,” Leanna Harris wrote in a questionnaire sent to her by the Cobb district attorney’s office. “Because I saw how he treasured our little boy for 22 months, I know without a doubt he would never have knowingly allowed any harm to come to our son.”

In the document, called a crime victim impact statement, Leanna Harris described how her life has been affected since her son died.

Ross Harris was charged with child cruelty and felony murder after authorities say Cooper was strapped in a car seat for seven hours outside of the Home Depot office where Harris worked. Harris, who has maintained his innocence, has remained in the Cobb County jail since his son died June 18.

After Harris’ bond and probable cause hearing, speculation turned toward Leanna Harris after a detective said she was heard asking Harris if he “said too much” while he was being questioned about their boy’s death.

She said in the questionnaire the “rush to judgment by the public and the mainstream media has left me with little confidence in our legal system and our society.”

During the same hearing, testimony was given that allegedly Justin Ross Harris had been unfaithful in his marriage and was sending explicit photos to other women on the day Cooper died.

In the questionnaire, Leanna Harris wrote, “Whatever issues that transpired in our marriage is between God and us, for He will judge those moral sins.”

Former District Attorney Tom Charron said Georgia law allows crime victims to prepare a victim impact statement that can be presented in court during a trial or sentencing of a case.

He said Leanna Harris is considered a potential crime victim because her child may have been murdered.

“It’s what anybody wants to read into it,” said Charron, who went on to say the documents don’t infer whether or not Leanna Harris will be charged in her son’s death.

Kim Isaza, the spokesperson for District Attorney Vic Reynolds, said sending the questionnaire was standard procedure: “We are required by the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights to send those forms to all victims or a victim’s next of kin, and it is standard procedure in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office to do so.”

Leanna Harris wrote she is undergoing counseling for grief and depression and believes she will need treatment for the rest of her life.

She said she has moved out of state and her job has been impacted.

“I had to transfer my job to Alabama,” Leanna Harris wrote. “My return to work has been delayed due to the media hounding me. I did lose a consulting job I have had in Alabama for four years due to the media. As of 8/1/14, I have been out of work for 43 days.”

She also described her grief: “Some days I completely break down because I miss my baby and my family so much. August 2nd would have been my precious boy’s 2nd birthday.”

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Sandra Jacobs
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August 19, 2014
It's obvious she is guilty. She helped plan the murder of Cooper.
D Rosser
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August 11, 2014
Leanna Harris is just as guilty as her husband. No normal woman would defend a man who murdered her son unless she was involved. I felt better about this once I read that the victim impact statement doesn't infer whether or not Leanna Harris will be charged in her son’s death. She should be charged...she is guilty of planning that precious baby's murder.

Mom comment
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August 11, 2014
What is wrong with this woman? Why hasn't she filed for a divorce yet. Why hasn't her attorney advised her to file for a divorce. If my husband was sexting to these woman, let alone left my child to die in a car I would have filed for divorce.
Out for blood
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August 10, 2014
People here are out for blood, no way will he get a fair trial.
Just Wait
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August 10, 2014
Maybe the DA's office was just using that form to gather more info against her.
anonymous
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August 10, 2014
Oh, that was great reporting. How useful and important. Good to keep harassing/embarrassing a grieving parent.

How about looking into to how many naked photos detective Stoddard found? Where are they? How many other LEOs did he share them with?

What is Stoddards explanation on how naked pictures make a hill of beans difference in whether or not Ross Harris "murdered" his child? Why was that the most important piece of information that he could share with the media to convince an outraged public that Ross Harris had likely actually "murdered" his child (and thus, that the CCPD were supposedly not really goofy screw ups when they charged and imprisoned Harris like he was a mass murderer)?

Or, how about some details on when Dwight Brown is going to be facing the music?

Not enough naked pictures to make it a story?

Or, is Dwight Brown still just too well connected for the MDJ to harrass/embarrass?
eggontheface
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August 11, 2014
Hey, 'anonymous'...I bet if you google: therapist for hatred of law enforcement' that you may find a good one. Geez, you really should seek some help.

Talk about a rush to judgement...you must've been one of the idiots who set up the PayPal account to help the monster and immediately lambasted the authorities before they had a chance to do their job. The sexting and nude photos with a minor have a lot to do with this tragedy. Oh...but they do NOT have anything to do with Dwight Brown. Totally lame to compare the two.

In addition to law enforcement, then you try and slam the MDJ for doing their job? Why don't you tell us what you do for a living and we'll be sure and criticize you, too.
anonymous
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August 11, 2014
eggontheface, so I guess you thought the naked pictures were a sure sign that Ross Harris "murdered" his son? And, a good reason to make sure the entire world knew every embarrassing detail about his life and his relationship with his (grieving) wife?

Or, are you just an overly sensitive member of the LEO community? And, not real comfortable with anything from the public that falls short of fawning over the "heroes" of law enforcement?

Professionals in law enforcement keep their mouths shut until they actually have completed an investigation. And then, they rely on the facts that actually have some correlation to a crime.

They do not need to distract the public with salacious, irrelevant personal details.

They do not engage in the propagandic bully tactics of an out of control government body that chooses to crush people in order to embarrass citizens who they disagree with (or to provide cover to the fact that law enforcement has goofed up).

I for one, am a wholehearted fan of professional law enforcement everywhere.

eggontheface
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August 12, 2014
@anonymous YAWN. You're having a hard time staying on track here. And I'm not surprised you didn't just mention (for a second time) the totally unrelated Dwight Brown reference.

When this tragic story was breaking, people like you were behaving in an irrational manner and demanding the heads of the DA, sheriff, Cobb County police...you name it. So heck, ya, one vile and salacious tidbit to bring you extremists down to Planet Earth was needed. Ross Harris...as his son was baking to death in his car, was sexting minors.

There's just no accountability for crazies like you. The pervert was sexting to a minor and you twist the blame around for that detail being released. Bless your heart.
anonymous
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August 12, 2014
RE: EGGONFACE said “So heck, ya, one vile and salacious tidbit to bring you extremists down to Planet Earth was needed.” --

Interesting.

So you are saying that instead of CCPD just telling the media ”we are going to complete our investigation and then get back with you once we know what is going on “, CCPD needed to bring “the extremists down to planet earth” and tell the public all about the (vile) details of Mr. Harris private life that do not have anything to do with CCPD’s claim that he “murdered” his son? Hummm.

But, why would CCPD not just give us those smoking gun facts that make it so clear that Mr. Harris “murdered” his son”?

Would that not be the best way to show that the public that CCPD really was not just over reacting? And, that they were prudently thinking out what they were doing?

That Harris may be a pervert does not make him a murderer. Does it?

Humm.

eggontheface
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August 13, 2014
Hmmm...

Hey, 'anonymous', this is from CNN. I purposely didn't choose the MDJ as you've got issues and didn't want to send you over the edge.

'Among the most shocking allegations: Harris messaged six women and exchanged explicit texts from work while his 22-month-old was dying, a Cobb County detective testified at a hearing Thursday.

Harris' attorney repeatedly objected to Detective Phil Stoddard's testimony claiming that Harris sexted the women, one of whom was underage at the time. But the judge allowed the testimony.

Police say Harris, 33, left his toddler, Cooper, strapped into a car seat under a baking sun for seven hours while he went to work on June 18. Records show that the mercury topped 92 that day, and police say the temperature was 88 degrees when the boy was pronounced dead in a parking lot not far from his father's workplace.

Cobb County Chief Magistrate Frank Cox found probable cause to move forward on murder and child cruelty charges.'

Hmmmm

Notice this was TESTIMONY. In a courtroom. With a judge. You're saying it's not pertinent and the detective shouldn't be allowed to tattle on your precious 'Mr. Harris?'

Hmmmm
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