Distracted parenting or murder? Ga. dad charged

Boy, just 22 months old, was strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle for seven hours as the temperature rose to 88 degrees.

By Nathan Legg
Posted on Jun 21, 2014 - 1:22pm

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (Daddyhood.net)  
Justin Harris, 33, is charged with murder in the death of his son left in a hot car.

Justin Harris, 33, is charged with murder in the death of his son left in a hot car.

Though he says it is, police do not believe this to be a case of distracted parenting but a father who murdered his 22-month old son.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, is charged with murder and cruelty to children after leaving little Cooper in a hot car for more than seven hours.

According to WGCL (CBS) in Atlanta, police are investigating how the boy ended up in the back of his vehicle.

The boy was strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle for seven hours as the temperature rose to 88 degrees.

Harris describes it as a case of distracted parenting.

He told police he went to work in the morning, but forgot to drop his son off at daycare.

He said when he left to go home he saw Cooper in the back seat and pulled over and reportedly tried to perform CPR but he didn’t make it.

Police filed criminal charges against Harris on Thursday as they investigate the circumstances behind the boy’s death.

Harris is being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail.

Harris works for Home Depot. That company issued a statement, “Like the rest of our community, we’re deeply saddened by this tragic loss. We continue to work with authorities on their investigation and grief counselors are available for our associates who request assistance.”

There’s a new campaign in Georgia called “Look Again” designed to remind parents to take a second look to make sure they haven’t left a child behind.

Nathan Legg is a contributing writer for Daddyhood who enjoys most writing stories about dads teaching their sons life lessons, sports and finance. Born in Pittsburgh and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Nathan and his dad’s relationship revolves around sports. Together they watch and discuss all things Black n’ Gold on a daily basis.