A Georgia man who ended up leaving his 22-month-old infant son in the back of a scorching SUV while he was at work for seven hours has been charged with alleged murder of the child, stated Georgia police on Thursday. Justin Ross Harris, age 33, was supposed to have taken the baby to daycare that morning before he went to work at 9 a.m.
Harris is now being held without any bond in the Cobb County jail, and also faces an additional felony charge of cruelty to children in the first degree. The death occurred on Wednesday and temperatures in downtown Atlanta were said to have reached a high of close to 90 degrees. That means the heat inside a closed car could have easily went as high as 120 to 140 degrees in just a matter of a few hours.
It was about 4 p.m. when Harris left his place of employment and started to drive home in his Hyundai Tucson. That was when he realized the infant was still strapped inside his car seat and was unresponsive. Eyewitnesses stated that they saw Harris speed into the Cobb County Akers Mill Square shopping center and slam his car to a stop while overlapping two lanes of traffic. He jumped out of the automobile vehicle, opened the back door and placed the baby on the concrete. He then began to perform CPR on the child, stated one of the witnesses.
Numerous other people who also saw the incident told various media sources that Harris seemed extremely distressed and was screaming hysterically. He kept questioned to himself what had he done and would also scream repeatedly that he had killed his child.
Harris had to be reportedly handcuffed when police officers showed up on the scene. Paramedics, firefighters and emergency medical personnel also attempted to perform resuscitation efforts but they were unable to revive the baby boy. Officials refused to identify the young victim. An autopsy is planned in order to conclude the exact cause of the infant’s death, explained said Cobb County Police Sergeant Dana Pierce.
Another witness stated that what happened had to be awful; he stated that he was not sure how a person could forget he had a baby sitting in a car seat in the back of a vehicle. The witness confirmed what others had reported. He said that Harris kept questioning over and over about what he had done.
Harris remains in a Cobb County jail, charged with murder, and has no bond set at the present time, because he left his 22-month-old infant son in the back of a boiling SUV while he went to work on Wednesday for a full seven hours, stated Georgia police on Thursday. Justin Ross Harris, age 33, was supposed to have dropped his baby boy off at daycare that morning before he went to his place of employment at 9 a.m. When he got off work Wednesday afternoon, and started for home, he discovered his son dead, still strapped in the car seat of their SUV.
By Kimberly Ruble