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Dad charged with son's hot car death was allegedly sexting
Disturbing new details were released in court against a father charged with intentionally leaving his toddler in a car to die.
At times, 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris wiped away tears as prosecutors laid out their shocking case-accusing him of leaving his 22-month-old son, Cooper to die in a hot car, on purpose, while he went to work June 18th.
At a hearing where Harris was denied bond and told he could face the death penalty, the lead detective saying that Harris told them he forgot to drop his son off at daycare. But also sharing that police have surveillance video and receipts from a chik-fil-a restaurant less than a mile away, where Harris and his son ate breakfast before driving to his office.
Police say Harris then strapped Cooper into his car seat at 9:19 am.Just six minutes later, they say surveillance video from Harris's office shows his parked SUV. They say the child Harris allegedly forgot in those six minutes was inches away and hard to miss.
While his son was dying, police say records show Harris was busy messaging lewd pictures of himself to women who were not his wife, including one who was 17.
Two months ago, records show Harris reading posts on an online forum called "child free."
Police say Harris knew a hot car could kill after watching these safety videos just days before his son died. Warning of the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car
Investigators testified that Harris and his wife had two life insurance policies on Cooper, one for $25,000. Harris' attorney still argues the boy's death was a mistake revealing that Harris is deaf in his right ear and may not have heard his son.
Harris has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and second degree criminal neglect.
A witness for Harris testified that when Harris pulled into this parking lot after discovering Cooper, he seemed grief- stricken. Leonard Maddeni heard the desperate cries of a father who had just lost his son.