Dad Who Forgot Child in Car First Took Him to Breakfast
The two went to Chick-fil-A then drove less than a mile to Justin Ross Harris' work
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2014 10:44 AM CDT
Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, near Marietta, Ga.   (WXIA, WGCL, FOX 5)

(Newser) – New details are emerging in the case of the toddler who died inside his father's hot SUV last week, but they're not bringing much in the way of additional clarity as to how the child came to be left in the vehicle for hours. An updated arrest warrant for Justin Ross Harris, obtained today by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, notes that the dad and 22-month-old Cooper stopped and ate breakfast at Chick-fil-A on the day the child died. Harris then put Cooper back in his car seat and the two drove to the Home Depot corporate office Harris worked at—not even a mile away.

According to police, Harris didn't notice his unresponsive son in the backseat until 4:16pm, as he was driving home, but the 33-year-old did visit the car once in the interim. "During lunch said accused did access the same vehicle through the driver’s side door to place an object into the vehicle," according to the warrant. "Said accused then closed the door and left the car, re-entering his place of business." Harris, in an unusual move, was charged with murder; police yesterday told the Journal-Constitution that they were reviewing possible inconsistencies in his story.

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caskett ology
Jul 1, 2014 4:42 PM CDT
YES he is not the first to leave a child in a hot car BUT this is not the typical "I left my child in a hot car" because of all the variances. And the differences here are the multiple instances where memory should have kicked in seeing as though he was within his daily ROUTINE! If I give him the benefit of the doubt (despite researching how long it takes for an animal/child to die in a hot car, being his daily routine, stopping at chik-fil-a for breakfast and going out to his car at lunch time) that he forgot his son was in the car; assuming in his mind he thought he had taken his son to daycare as usual then WHY THE HELL DID HE NOT SWING BY THE DAYCARE AFTER WORK? And when he left work without swinging by the daycare he was actually (supposedly) on his way to meet up friends when he was like UH OH I left my son in the car, pulled into a shopping center lot and became inconsolable while ranting "what have I done."
Wemble
Jun 26, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
He never thought of his son once, not at all during his entire work day. And he went back to the car at lunch and still didn't think of his son? The dad is 33 years old and not some air-brained teen. Even though he works in IT this man must be mentally challenged if he truly forgot his young son trapped all day in a hot car to die. Sorry, this is way, way too unbelievable. At best it is criminal negligence. An "oh I forgot" just doesn't cut it.
xy13
Jun 26, 2014 4:26 PM CDT
if the government can prove that the dad intended to kill his son, then a murder charge is justice. if the dad on that day, somehow, all the dark stars aligned to cause him to unintentionally make this fatal mistake, he shall self-punish/condemn more than any legal charges can do so.