Ga. father charged with murder after leaving toddler in hot car - WKRN News 2

Ga. father charged with murder after leaving toddler in hot car

Posted: Updated: Jun 23, 2014 12:56 PM
Justin Harris is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children. (Courtesy: WSB-TV) Justin Harris is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children. (Courtesy: WSB-TV)
Cooper Harris, 22 months, died after being left in a hot car for hours. (Courtesy: WSB-TV) Cooper Harris, 22 months, died after being left in a hot car for hours. (Courtesy: WSB-TV)
ATLANTA, Ga. - A Georgia father has been charged with murder after leaving his toddler in a hot car.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, Justin Harris was supposed to drop off his 22-month-old son Cooper at daycare around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police in Cobb County said the father forgot and left his child inside his vehicle while he went to work.

"Apparently, he forgot the child was in the car seat in the back of the automobile and went to work, left work sometime around 4 or 4:15 p.m.," Sgt. Dana Pierce told WSB-TV.

After leaving work and making the discovery, the father pulled into a mall parking lot and began CPR.

He was unsuccessful and the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Harris had to be physically restrained once it became clear his child was gone.

Harris is charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree.

He was being held with no bond Thursday.
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