Dead Tot's Dad: I Looked Up Ways Kids Die in Hot Cars
Cooper Harris' mom supports husband, says she did similar research
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2014 8:11 AM CDT
Justin Ross Harris, 33, accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in an SUV on a hot day, according to an arrest warrant filed Tuesday, June 24, 2014.   (Ga.) Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – The father who left his toddler inside a hot car for seven-plus hours has confirmed to police that he did Internet research on the very manner in which his son died. "During an interview with (Justin "Ross" Harris), he stated that he recently researched, through the internet, child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for that to occur," reads a search warrant obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His reason: "Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen." CNN notes that mom Leanna Harris has also told police she did similar research.

Meanwhile, services were held yesterday for 22-month-old Cooper Harris, and Leanna Harris spoke publicly for the first time since the toddler's June 18 death, adds the Journal-Constitution. "Ross was and is a wonderful father," she told mourners, as her husband listened via phone from jail. "(Cooper) never did anything to anyone," said Ross Harris, adding, "I’m just sorry I can’t be there."

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Jul 2, 2014 12:33 AM CDT
What was he looking up, popular new trends?:
Jun 30, 2014 9:34 AM CDT
How many parents recall doing research on child deaths in hot cars?I never did,the media educated most of us on that subject and of course most parents know,from sitting in a hot car.The only reason,I can think,a parents,both in this case,would research the subject,and have a store bought temperature gauge in the car would be if they intended to leave him in the car while they ran errands,dad worked,etc.I can't say they wanted to kill the child,more along the lines of manslaughter,reckless behavior killed this child,most likely they were trying to save on day care,stupid!!!so sad
Jun 30, 2014 9:27 AM CDT
It looks like most people here want this guy to fry for what happened. Now, I don't know if this guy is guilty or not. If he is, I'm good with that too. But if he's not, there should be a maximum penalty for being stupid, but I don't think it rises to the level of murder. I see talk of sterilization, and there's even one who can determine guilt or innocence by the look in one's eyes. I hope that one does not become Emperor. If stupidity were enough, I wonder how many of you people would be taken out and disposed of? I remember reading about Chuck Yeager's early life. He was a famous test pilot and American Hero. When he was a young boy, he accidentally shot and killed his brother. In today's climate, that would probably have been it for him.