GA hot car death: Details of case revealed
Cobb County, GA (WDAY TV) - NEW DETAILS -- REVEALED AT A COURT HEARING IN GEORGIA.
PROSECUTORS -- LAYING OUT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR CASE AGAINST JUSTIN ROSS HARRIS.
HE IS THE FATHER ACCUSED OF MURDER AFTER LEAVING HIS TODDLER SON IN A HOT CAR FOR SEVEN HOURS.
WHAT WAS JUSTIN ROSS HARRIS ALLEGEDLY DOING... WHILE HIS 22-MONTH OLD SON, COOPER SUFFERED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCORCHING S-U-V.
Det. Phil Stoddard- Cobb County Police: “He was having up to 6 different conversations with women... The most common term would be sexting.”
STUNNING CLAIMS OF RAUNCHY TEXT MESSAGES, SUSPICIOUS INTERNET SEARCHES... AND A PLAN TO KILL HIS SON.
Stoddard: “Evidence is showing us right now that he's got this whole 2nd life he is living with alternate personalities and alternate personas.”
JUSTIN ROSS HARRIS SAT, SHACKLED AND SULLEN AS DETECTIVE PHIL STODDARD WITH COBB COUNTY POLICE... DETAILED X-RATED MESSAGES ALLEGEDLY EXCHANGED THE DAY COOPER DIED... INCLUDING WITH A THEN 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL.
Stoddard: “She sent a picture of her breasts and he sent pictures of his exposed erect penis to her.”
NO VISIBLE REACTION FROM THE 33-YEAR OLD'S WIFE, LEANNA HARRIS, WHO SAT WITH HER FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS IN THE PACKED COURTROOM.
Randy Michael Baygents- Harris’ Brother: “He was a loving father. He loved his son very much. We went on family vacations together, he was a good dad.”
BUT JUST 5 DAYS BEFORE COOPER'S DEATH DETECTIVE STODDARD SAYS INTERNET SEARHCES REVEALED THAT HARRIS WATCHED VIDEOS ONLINE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF BEING TRAPPED IN A HOT CAR AND THAT HARRIS VISITED A WEB FORUM DEVOTED TO THE "CHILD - FREE" LIFESTYLE.
H. Maddox Kilgore- Defense Attorney: “We are getting so far from the events that happened June 18, this has nothing to do with those events. The status of his fantasy and married life have nothing to do with events of June 18, we are just getting so far out of field, this is irrelevant to anything.”
Chuck Boring- Assistant District Attorney: “This goes to the state of mind the 2 weeks leading up to death of child.”
So this occurred within 2 weeks.”
THE DETECTIVE ALSO TESTIFIED THE COUPLE HAD FINANCIAL PROBLEMS AND TOOK OUT LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES ON COOPER.
Stoddard: “They had 2 policies on Cooper a $2,000 policy through home depot. The second one was this one they got in 2013...How much was the policy. It was a $25,000 policy.”
STODDARD LAYING OUT THE STRANGE WAY HE SAW HARRIS REACTING THE DAY COOPER DIED…
Stoddard: “He started off trying to work himself up trying to hyperventilate himself. No tears no real emotion except for the huffing.”
EVEN MORE BIZARRE... HOW WITNESSES SAY LEANNA HARRIS REACTED AT THE DAYCARE WHEN TOLD THAT COOPER WASN'T EVER DROPPED OFF.
Stoddard: “In front of several witnesses she states Ross must have left him in the car...they tried to console her and said there are 1,000 reasons and she said no.”
...THEN ANOTHER SHOCKER...
Stoddard: “It came from a scratch while the child was alive and not scabbing over there were abrasions to the back of the child's head.”
AFTER 3 HOURS OF STUNNING TESTIMONY JUDGE FRANK COX DENIED HARRIS BOND--THE DEFENSE MAINTAINING...
Judge Frank Cox: “It's not criminal negligence. It's a horrible tragedy and an accident.”