The Cobb County Police Department continues to give very little detail behind the charges facing a Marietta father whose child died after he was left in the back of a hot car. While people around the community are calling authorities charges “excessive”, police are proceeding with those charges.
In the latest news, Cobb Police are saying that 33-year old Justin Ross Harris' story has not added up. According to Channel 2 Action News, investigators are indicating that Harris may have had additional contact with the SUV, and if so, should have seen his 22-month old son left inside.
June 18th little Copper Harris died in the back of his father's SUV that heated up to temperatures in the 90s. His father was supposed to the drop the child off at his job’s onsite daycare that morning, but told police he forgot.
People who know 33-year old Justin Ross Harris are says he is a loving father and would never willfully hurt his child. More than 11,000 people have signed an online petition for the charges of child cruelty and murder to be dropped. Also as of June 23rd, an online site has already raised nearly $20,000 dollars to help the Harris family. The stated goal is to raise $25,000 dollars in the next 39 days.
While Cobb County Police are refusing to give any details surrounding the reason for their charges, they are saying “What Harris told them is not consistent with the evidence they have uncovered.”This is according to 11Alive.com.
This terrible tragedy shines the spotlight on the high number of heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles. So far this year there has been 13 deaths resulted from unattended children left in hot cars across the U.S.
Just about three week before the Cobb County death, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and wife Sandra were joined by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, State Law enforcement and other agencies to launch the “Look Again” safety campaign. The video is designed to remind parents, caregivers and the public about the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles as well as the penalty.
Copper Harris' funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Alabama. Justin Ross Harris will remains in jail and will go before a judge on July 15th.