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

(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."

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)
Justin Ross Harris, left, appears with his attorney, Maddox Kilgore, before Cobb Magistrate Judge John Strauss on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Marietta, Ga.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ben Gray)
A white rose rests on the grave of Cooper Harris at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
The hearse leaves the University Church of Christ after a service for Cooper Harris on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Two people embrace as they arrive to a funeral service for Cooper Harris at the University Church of Christ on Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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