Justin Ross Harris was sexting while his son was in the family car dying. That is the latest piece of this tragic story. The sexting claim was brought to light during a court hearing on Thursday. A detective on the stand revealed the father was having conversations with at least six different women at the time of his son's death. These conversations were very graphic in nature, and one of those conversations might have been with an underaged girl. Yahoo News reported on the latest in the case on July 3.
Harris was in a Cobb County court on Thursday for a probable cause hearing in the case involving the death of his 22-month old son. Cooper died on June 18. Harris claimed that he forgot that his son was in the back seat of his car. He meant to drop him off at day care, but he went straight to work. He then went to lunch and stopped at Home Depot. It is this activity at lunch time that has him being questioned about the death of his son.
It wasn't until the end of the day that he noticed that the little boy was strapped into his car seat in the back seat of his car. He pulled him out of the vehicle, but his attempts to revive the little boy were unsuccessful. The little boy was in the car for seven hours, and it was reported that the temperature had climbed up to 92 degrees on that day. When the boy was pulled from the car, it was still 88 degrees outside.
On June 28, the cops used a search warrant to search the home of Harris and his wife. During the search, they discovered that both Harris and the boy's mother had spent time searching about children dying in cars because of the heat. The boy's mother, Leanna Harris, tried to explain that she had researched the topic because it was a fear of hers. It was also revealed that the couple had two life insurance policies on the little boy. One was for $2,000, and the second policy was for $25,000.
Many testified during the hearing on Thursday. One witness at the crime scene described Harris as a distraught father. That witness admitted to crying himself because of how upset Harris was at the time of his son's death. A friend of Harris even tried to paint the man in a positive light, but the detective's testimony was damaging. It was revealed that during the seven hours his son was in the car, Harris was inside his work sexting these women. There were nude images sent to the women. Because of the sexting, Harris might face additional charges.
The magistrate hearing the case on Thursday did find probable cause to hold Harris. There was no bond set for the man. Frank Cox said the following when he revealed his decision, according to CNN:
"For him to enter the car ... when the child had been dead and rigor mortis had set in, and the testimony is the stench in the car was overwhelming at that point in time, that he -- in spite of that -- got in the car and drove it for some distance before he took any action to check on the welfare of his child, I find there is probable cause for the two charges contained in the warrant."
This story is still developing, and it will continue to develop as the court case continues on. What do you think of these new allegations against Harris? Have you been following this tragic case? Check out video of some of the testimony heard at yesterday's hearing above.