People who donated to Justin Ross, the Cobb County man accused of leaving his toddler son in a locked car to die, will receive refunds via PayPal, AJC reports.
Several people supported Ross after his June 18 arrest. When his family created an online donation fund on YouCaring.com shortly after his arrest, thousands of people came forward to donate money to the defense fund and to show their support. However, only a week after his arrest, authorities released a statement that Ross searched for "children dying in cars," sparking outrage in several people who initially believed in his innocence.
On Friday, PayPal announced that funds donated to Justin Ross will be refunded.
Adriana Higuera, a spokesperson for YouCaring, said that it's important to note that not every donor will receive a refund. Those who didn't donate via PayPal are not eligible for a refund.
“YouCaring accepts donations through multiple payment platforms, so we will be issuing refunds only to those who used PayPal to donate," Higuera said.
Shortly after the public was informed of Ross searching the Internet for children dying in cars, YouCaring removed Ross' page, which had already reached over $20,000 in donations.
Although the site doesn't participate in the discussion of Ross, including legal matters, his page was removed due to the increasing controversy, which was affecting other donations on the site.
Ross remains in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center with no bond. He's charged with one count of felony murder and one count of felony cruelty to children.