Skip to comments.Both parents of Georgia boy left to die in unattended car researched heat deaths, police say
Posted on 06/30/2014 3:24:46 PM PDT by MNDude
Both parents of a toddler who died in an unattended SUV in suburban Atlanta told investigators they did online research on how hot it needs to be for a child to die in an unattended vehicle, police said.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, faces murder charges in the death of his son, 22-month-old Cooper on June 18. While he had previously allegedly admitted to researching the subject, investigators now say Leanna Harris also went on line to learn about kids dying in hot cars. She has not been charged, but the revelation came on a search warrant released Sunday, which said she claimed she researched the subject because she was afraid it could happen.
Police say Cooper died after being left in the backseat of an SUV.
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I try not to judge, but this is awful. Hard to believe it just happened by accident.
Sounds like they were going for the 10th Trimester Abortion....
Sick sick sick....
Almost as if they had spent a lot of time and effort to learn how to kill their kid.
They could have just dropped the kid off at a police or fire station.
I try not to judge, but this is awful. Hard to believe it just happened by accident.
The bad thing is, is that if they are proven to have used this to get rid of their toddler, how much more scorn will be heaped upon the tragedies that are actually accident....
Kind of looks like a murder
I have googled a lot of weird things, but I have never googled that.
I don’t know anything about this case, but I was doing similar research a couple of days ago. I don’t have any kids, though.
My research was related to a question from a friend who had some ideas about using technology to prevent such deaths from occurring.
So as bad as it looks, jumping to conclusions is just jumping to conclusions.
That’s hard to believe. Did they also research the many other bad things that can happen to kids?
So even if we give them the benefit of the doubt (likely unwarranted), what were they researching? How many minutes they could get away with before the kid died? Were they trying to push it to the limit and bring the kid to the brink of death?
Whether it was intentional or accidental, these folks need to fry, just like their kid did.
I’m for hanging.
Thankfully, Georgia has a death penalty, and isn’t afraid to use it.
Tomorrow at dawn.
Every thing you do online is recorded.
I always think a majority of children left to die in cars during the summer are killed on purpose. Its the perfect crime especially since its rarely prosecuted as child endangerment.
An eye for an eye. Let’s bake them in a car.
Did dad take toddler in to eat at Chick fil A? Or did he go through the drive thru? When did the research take place? Three weeks earlier when there was a similar story in the news? Or the evening before?
The same people who “forgot” their children in a car would never forget their cell phone.
You know after seeing pictures of the beautiful little boy it is hard to believe his own parents can research and carry out his murder. What monsters they must be.
As a result of this horrific case - there have probably been thousands of people searching this topic.
I wondered if the stupid couple tried to skip on daycare costs and considered leaving the child in the car for a few hours here and there. What is so compelling is the fact that the daycare was in the same building as the father’s job. (Home Depot). And why did he check his car at lunchtime? Was it to see whether the child was dead or alive? Poor little boy - we may never know the truth.
Were they going for the “Oh I left junior in the car” sympathy crowd to raise money for his college fund???
“How many minutes they could get away with before the kid died?”
Yes, that’s what I was wondering. You can’t leave a kid (or a pet) in a car, you just can’t do it. Not to run into the store for 2 minutes or for any amount of time.
If these people, or this man, intentionally killed their child this way, well I just don’t know what to say about that.
Instead, they kill the kid. Unbelievable.
there must be more to this story to be pressing charges.
I wonder what other evidence was discovered ?
Much more detail (as always) via the Brits
The best way to prevent such a tragedy is to always place your handbag if you’re a woman, on the back seat, or your briefcase on the back seat if you’re a man.
If you never carry a handbag or briefcase, then put a bright red ribbon or a couple of bright red rubber bands on your wrist.
Searched the web to determine how deaths occur in an unattended car in hot weather. Depends on when they did this; before or after the event. Even if it was done before depends on what information the parents got. If the parents has had previous reports of abuse is one thing .
But watch out for ambitious prosecuters and presummtive reporters. They might have had the ac on long before and the car was cool when they went into where ever they were and tarried too long. This might just be a case of bad judgement that ended in tragedy
How in the hell could you not remember your child is strapped in the backseat of your car? He stopped for breakfast, apparently for both he and his son; less than a mile later, he arrives at work. Lunch time - he goes out to the car and puts something in through the driver’s side - STILL doesn’t notice his son in the back seat, probably unconscious by now. At 4:00 pm he returns to the car to leave work, drives to a shopping mall, and SUDDENLY remembers the baby in the back seat. WHAT’S WRONG WITH HIS HEAD? Were he and his wife in the habit of doing this a lot? They must have been, since they RESEARCHED it, because they said they “WERE AFRAID IT WOULD HAPPEN”. OBVIOUSLY, THEY WERE IN THE HABIT OF DOING THIS, knew they were wrong and risking their child’s life, BUT CONTINUED TO DO IT ANYWAY????? HANG THEM BOTH!
Regarding the lunchtime visit to the car - the poor child had probably relieved himself, and in a hot car, that would stink to high heaven. The father didn’t notice a bad odor in the car during this visit? If not then, he definitely should have noted a bad odor when he got in the car at the end of the day and reported to the authorities then and there.
I don’t think a jury is going to buy his story at all.
We would have taken him. :^(
Yes, but I'm sure they were afraid they would "look bad" if they did that. I'm serious.
Baking the kid in the car doesn’t look bad? lol
They should do a paternity test to see if the man is the actual father.
Looks like mommy just admitted she conspired with daddy to murder the baby. And yes,often evil, murderous people are exactly that stupid. Which is why they are most often caught.
Did they have a large life insurance policy on the poor baby?
This case just reeks, and your very plain spoken description of just how much it physically reeks pretty much negates the “tragic accident” aspect.
Both parents probably wanted this child gone and looked for the “Easiest” method..no way was this an accident..poor little boy, he was absolutely adorable. How any parent could leave a child in a hot car to rot disgusts me
Fire up old sparky. They better pray that I don’t get called for jury duty!
Sort of like being all worried about drowning, and doing research on the best type of life jacket to get for your child (height, weight, materials, etc.) And of course once you buy it, you make sure you get all the straps and things fitting right the night before the big outing. But as soon as the kid is out on the boat “Oh - he doesn’t need a life jacket.”
“How in the hell could you not remember your child is strapped in the backseat of your car?”
I remember years ago with a 3 year-old and infant twins and being sleep deprived (helping my wife with everything and trying to work from home). A few times I would take her car for something, glance in the rear-view mirror and see the two empty car seats and go “Oh my God! I left the girls at the....Oh. Wait. They are at home. Whew!” (I did leave the grocery store TWICE and left a cart full of stuff after paying late at night.)
But as sleep deprived, scatter-brained and busy as I was; I NEVER left one in the car.
That sounds like a very plausible explanation. It leads me to wonder if the parents left their little boy in the car at other times, and when he seemed to be OK, they believed they could get away with doing that more often. (?)
Yep, they were doing technology research. Not knocking u
Hang both of em
I always think a majority of children left to die in cars during the summer are killed on purpose.
It seems that a lot of children die in house fires, as well, while the adults seem to make it out of the place. I cannot imagine escaping a fire and not trying to go back in to get my children.
The same people who forgot their children in a car would never forget their cell phone.
Yep. And I am so incensed by the “forgot to drop him at daycare” defense. But maybe when you drop your child off to be cared for by strangers it’s not much different for you than dropping off a bag of laundry.
I think you're right.
Some are purposely left in the car by their parents.
Others are left to die by unfeeling Liberals, who have forced parents to keep their children hidden out of their sight, in the back seat.
You cant leave a kid (or a pet) in a car....
I love my dog, but that is just silly. A dog is not a child. We take our dog with us as much as possible because he just seems to be happier waiting for us in the car than he is waiting at home. But he stays in the car all by himself while we are in a store, a restaurant, etc.
I don’t know about anyone else but my FB timeline had several stories about dogs and children left in hot cars this past month. I am sure if you look at my history I googled around to research this more. Oh and someone posted this interesting article about kids left in cars. Might help explain what happens to the brain to enable someone to accidentally leave their child in a hot car all day. “Fatal Distraction” http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/fatal-distraction-forgetting-a-child-in-thebackseat-of-a-car-is-a-horrifying-mistake-is-it-a-crime/2014/06/16/8ae0fe3a-f580-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_stor
Well, I suppose you can leave a dog in a car by himself for a short time, I would not leave my kid there though. A dog can, to a certain extent, take care of himself. A small child cannot.
When I read those stories, I always try to give the adults the benefit of the doubt by thinking that maybe they couldn’t get to the child’s room because the fire was blocking their access, so they ran outside to try to get to the children through a window. That’s not true in all cases, I’m sure, but that probably is true in many cases.
If it was deliberate, as it appears to be, he or both were undoubtedly hoping it would look like an accident, while giving up the child for adoption would strongly imply they were bad parents (and "look bad").
I just don't trust that the news media have reported the whole story yet.
But I'm going to get my jump to conclusions mat out, just in case.