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Justin Harris and wife both researched kids dying in cars, new warrant states

Justin Ross Harris, 33, remains in jail for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, remains in jail for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.
Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Although Justin Ross Harris has been under severe public scrutiny after admitting to researching children dying in cars, a new affidavit released this morning states his wife also claims she searched the Internet for the same information, AJC reports.

Justin Harris was arrested last week for the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper Mills Harris, after leaving the toddler in an SUV for several hours. He was questioned and subsequently charged with homicide and child cruelty shortly after. During questioning, Justin Harris admitted that he researched children dying after prolonged exposure to heat while inside the car. His wife, Leanna Harris, was questioned as well, and in a strange turn of events, also stated that she too, searched for child car deaths, prior to her son's demise.

“Leanna Harris, the child’s mother, was also questioned regarding the incident and made similar statements regarding researching in car deaths and how it occurs,” the warrant states.

Cobb police spokesperson Mike Bowman hasn't given additional details regarding Leanna's role or why she wasn't arrested for her son's death as well, but he maintains that the investigation is still ongoing. Other evidence may not surface until a possible trial for Justin Harris starts.

“The wife was questioned by detectives when this incident occurred and as you know this investigation is still active and ongoing,” Bowman said.

Along with searching the Hyundai Tucson that Justin Harris drove to work the day Cooper died, several other items were taken from his home and office for investigation purposes, including an Apple Macbook, an iPod, a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop, an iPhone, a Google Chromecast media player, and a Dell computer.

Justin Harris claims he forgot that his young son was still in the back seat of his car as he drove to work on June 18. After pulling into the Home Depot parking lot in Vinings, Cooper was locked in the car, with the windows rolled up, for several hours, as his father spent the day working at Home Depot's "Tree Office."

Justin Harris remains in Cobb County jail with no bond.

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