Cop: Dad Sexted With Teen as Son Baked in Car
Justin Ross Harris makes first court appearance
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 3, 2014 2:40 PM CDT
Justin Ross Harris, right, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Justin Ross Harris exchanged sexually explicit messages and nude photos with six women as his 22-month-old son baked to death in a hot car—including one 17-year-old, police detective Phil Stoddard testified today, as Harris appeared in court for a probable cause hearing. Harris' lawyer objected repeatedly during the testimony, but prosecutors argued that it helped establish Harris' state of mind, and the judge allowed it, CNN reports. Harris was leading something of a double life, Stoddard said, because he and his wife were having "intimacy problems." In addition to his searches regarding hot car deaths, the detective revealed that Harris had visited websites that advocated child-free living, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 33-year-old may soon be charged with felony sexual exploitation of a minor thanks to those texts to the 17-year-old, Stoddard added. He also testified that witnesses described Harris as acting erratically when he pulled into a shopping center seeking help for his son. When a witness told Harris the boy needed CPR, Harris apparently walked around the car and started making phone calls, telling someone on the other end that his son was dead. When police told him to get off the phone, Harris directed an expletive at them. Police then took his phone and handcuffed him.

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Jill Sawyer
Jul 5, 2014 1:43 PM CDT
I kept up with the story all day yesterday and the more I watched and listened to, the angrier I got and the more sickened to my stomach I became...both he and his wife need to be punished....not just him....she had her hand in this as well and this woman never shed a tear in the preliminary hearing....but he surely did...cried like a baby....where was she at when their son was supposed to be being dropped off at the daycare? and the defense attorney needs to be slapped stupid for who "forgets" to drop off their child at daycare on their way to work, much less "forgets" they even have a child in the backseat?? according to that idiot of a defense attorney "everyone gets sidetracked while behind the wheel" oh really? it is someone that has a death wish for the child to begin with that "forgets" they have a child in the car, "forgets" to drop off the child to daycare on their way to work, "forgets" to STOP at the daycare on the WAY HOME from work AND DRIVES 2 MILES BEFORE STOPPING TO PULL OUT HIS ALREADY DEAD SON FROM THE CAR SEAT!! a 22 MONTH OLD that DIED in a HOT CAR AND WAS LEFT THERE FOR 7 HOURS!!
Regina
Jul 4, 2014 5:35 PM CDT
If they didn't want that poor child, why not give him up. Was such a selfless act too much for them! Leaving him in a car to die in such a miserable way, apparently was easier.
hcarol
Jul 4, 2014 2:47 PM CDT
Harris along with his squirrely wife, need to be strapped in a car, in full sun, and left for 7 hours. The statement she made at the funeral was beyond comprehension. They planned this.