Father accused of leaving child in car charged with murder

COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -A father has been charged with murder in the death of his 2-year-old child after he allegedly left the toddler in a hot car for eight hours.

A 22-month-old child has died after being left in a hot car for more than eight hours.

According to Cobb County police, the father of the toddler was supposed to drop the baby off at daycare, but forgot. The father then drove to work around 9 a.m. Wednesday and left the baby in the car. It wasn't until the man left work and started driving home that he looked in the backseat and saw the child still strapped in the car seat and unresponsive.

Police said Justin Ross Harris, 34, was supposed to drop the child off at daycare, but forgot. He then drove to work around 9 a.m. Wednesday and left the toddler in the car. It wasn't until Harris left work and started driving home that he looked in the backseat and saw the child still strapped in the car seat and unresponsive.

A witness saw Harris pull into the Akers Mill Square shopping center, stop his car straddling two lanes of traffic, jump out and begin CPR on the toddler.

Harris is charged with murder and cruelty to children, both felonies and is currently being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. He was expected to make his first court appearance at 8:30 Thursday night.

Several friends and relatives were seen at Harris' condominium in Marietta Thursday morning, but they declined to speak about the incident.

Anyone with information about this case which may assist detectives is asked to call (770) 499-3945.

CBS46.com will have more on this story as details become available.

 


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