Judge denies bond of Dad in Ga. toddler's hot car death

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A judge denied bond for the father charged in the hot car death of his 22-month-old son. The judge also found probable cause for the charges against Justin Ross Harris.

It was standing-room only in courtroom "P" for the probable cause hearing. Harris pleaded not guilty to child cruelty and murder charges after his son, Cooper, died in the back of his hot car on June 18.

Harris had two life insurance policies on Cooper, one for $2,000 and another for $25,000, according to a detective.


The hallway outside the courtroom at Cobb County Magistrate Court started to fill in ahead of Justin Ross Harris' hearing. Harris also faces child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of his son, Cooper. He has plead not guilty to the charges.

Cooper, died after being left in the car for more than seven hours while Harris was at work. Harris claims he simply forgot his child was in the back seat. According to a police warrant filed after the child died, it was 88 degrees at 5:16 p.m.


Warrants released over the weekend showed both Harris and his wife, Leanna, conducted Internet searches about hot car deaths and "how it occurs." The warrants did not include details about when the online searches occurred, or under what context. Those details could come out during Thursday's hearing.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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