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Report says dad researched animals dying in hot cars before baby son's death

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Justin Ross Harris of Marietta, Georgia, has been dealing with the death of his almost two-year-old son who he accidentally left in the back of his truck on a hot day. The child ended up dying due to being left in the car all day, and many have looked at it as a horrible accident. Now, an investigation has turned up the fact that Harris researched how long it takes animals to die in hot cars just before his son's death, per Gawker, on June 25, 2014.

Harris has been charged with felony murder and cruelty to a child in the second degree. He's currently being held without bond in the Cobb County Detention Center.

The cause of the death for 22-month-old Cooper Harris has been reported by the medical examiner as hyperthermia - elevated body temperature. Upon doing their investigation, evidence pointing to the child's death being a homicide have now turned up.

Reports now state that Harris placed his son in the rear-facing car seat in his vehicle after eating breakfast at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on June 18, 2014. He was supposed to take the baby to daycare, but says he simply forgot, and drove straight to work.

Police have learned that Harris went out to his vehicle during his lunch break to put something away and then he returned back in to work. That means he left the child in the vehicle for a second time.

The warrant served by police also had them search Harris' computer.

Upon doing their search, the history on the computer showed that someone researched how long it takes an animal to die in a hot car. It was not yet determined when the Internet search happened.

Harris did admit to forgetting his son in the car during his work day and then drove home from work in the afternoon. That was when he discovered his son was dead.



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