Ga. dad who left child in a hot car attends funeral by phone

Justin Ross Harris tells the gathered crowd 'thank you for everything. I'm sorry I can't be there.'

By Daddyhood Staff
Posted on Jun 28, 2014 - 8:35pm

Justin Ross Harris and Cooper

Justin Ross Harris and Cooper

Today Justin Ross Harris, the father who’s in jail accused of killing his 22-month-old son by intentionally leaving him in a hot SUV, attended Cooper’s funeral by phone.

Harris is being held without bond in connection with Cooper’s death which he insists was a terrible accident.

Harris told the crowd “thank you for everything. I’m sorry I can’t be there.”

Harris’ wife Leanna said “Ross is, was and will be a great daddy.”

Family and friends responded with a standing ovation, according to WXIA.

According to the TV station, Leanna told the crowd she is not mad at Justin for what happened.

Harris is charged with murder after leaving his child in a hot car for more than 7 hours while he was at work last Thursday. He has pleaded not guilty. And says he made a fatal mistake. He was distracted and forgot him.

But police say they believe the death was no accident.

Earlier today Cobb County police released search warrants which show police are investigating this as a homicide.

According to the official warrant released:

On 06/18/14 at 1624 hrs Pct 3 officers responded to 2955 Akers Mill Rd, Atlanta GA regarding a person down call. When the officers arrived on scene they discovered that Cooper Harris 08-02-12 was deceased. The CAP unit was contacted and responded to the scene regarding a homicide investigation. Justin Harris, the deceased subject’s father was witnessed pulling into the parking lot of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, 2955 Akers Mill Rd in a 2011 Hyundai Tucson, GA tag…. The vehicle came to a sudden stop. Justin quickly exited the vehicle, opened the driver side passenger door and pulled his child, Cooper Harris out of the vehicle. Justin was witnessed yelling “Oh my god what have I done”. He then began doing CPR on the child. When someone came to assist Justin he stopped providing medical attention to the child and started making calls on his cell phone. EMS responded to the scene. It was obvious that the child was deceased. Justin stated that he went to work that morning and forgot to drop the child off at day care. Justin left his residence, took the child to Chic-fil-A in Vinings and then went to work. The child was left in the vehicle since approximately 0930 hrs this morning until he was discovered by Justin at around 1620 hrs when he was driving to meet up with some friends. The temperature was in the 90’s for most of the day. During an interview with Justin, He stated that he recently researched, through the internet, child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for that to occur. Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen.

An online petition created to support Justin Harris reached its target 10,ooo signatures, but then was withdrawn when police released some of the warrants.

An obituary published earlier this week said Cooper loved trucks and had recently learned the color red.

It described Cooper’s mom and dad as “the most proud parents there could ever have been.

“His 22 months of life were the most happy and fulfilling times of his mother’s and father’s lives, and we will miss him greatly.”

Daddyhood Staff

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