At first he had family and friends rallying behind him, saying that there is no way that Justin Ross Harris intentionally left his 22-month old son Cooper in a hot car so he would die.
But now that support appears to be disappearing.
An online petition that drew 10,000 signatures urging Cobb County prosecutors to drop murder charges against Ross has now been withdrawn.
“I think that based on the recent developments this petition is no longer relevant,” ” the author wrote on the change.org petition page. “I still pray that this was truly an accident. If that is the case, the DA now knows that the community does not want Justin prosecuted on murder charges.”
Why the change of heart?
On the day Cooper died, the warrant shows that Harris had breakfast with his son at a Chik-Fil-A. He strapped in his son and drove just a few minutes to park his car in the Home Depot lot to begin his day.
Is it possible that a dad could get so distracted in such a short period of time to forget his son in the car?
The warrant also discloses that Harris went to his car during lunch, opened the passenger side door and then went back inside.
And there’s this: A law enforcement source tells WAGA television in Atlanta that investigators discovered that Harris had searched the internet for information on how long it would take an animal to die in a hot car.
The father claims he left his son strapped in the back seat of the parked SUV by accident as he went to work for the next seven hours.
He is in jail with no bond. His son’s funeral is this weekend.