Child Abuse

Monster Father From Hot Car Death Indicted On 8 Counts – Including Malice Murder And Felony Murder

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georgia-dadRoss Harris, the Georgia father who allegedly intentionally left his toddler in a hot car to die has been indicted on eight counts today — including malice murder and two counts of felony murder. There is nothing that could make this story less horrifying than it is, but at least this monster will probably rot in jail for the remainder of his life.

Harris claimed he forgot to drop his son Cooper off at daycare on his way to work on a hot summer afternoon. Instead, Cooper remained strapped in the backseat of the car in 100-degree weather. All day. Surveillance footage of the parking lot showed Harris returning to his car to drop off light bulbs. Details from an earlier hearing showed that he was sexting with women all day while his son was strapped to his carseat, dead. The hearing also showed that he had been contacted by Cooper’s teacher via email in the middle of the day – a correspondence he clearly ignored. There are no words for this man.

The malice murder charge could make him eligible for the death penalty.

From CNN:

According to the indictment, the grand jury found that on June 18, Harris “did unlawfully, and with malice aforethought, cause the death of Cooper Harris … by placing said Cooper Harris into a child car seat and leaving him alone in a hot motor vehicle.”

The two felony murder charges allege that Harris killed his 22-month-old son while committing the first- and second-degree felonies of cruelty to children. One count states he killed Cooper “maliciously,” while the other felony murder count says Harris killed him “with criminal negligence.”

Harris faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted on any of the murder charges, while a guilty verdict for the malice murder count could make him eligible for the death penalty.

By leaving Cooper in the car, Harris caused the boy “cruel and excessive physical pain,” the cruelty to children charges allege.

I remember covering this story when it first came out – before the suspicion arose that he purposely killed his son. I felt sorry for the man. I thought, how awful for a parent to make such a tragic mistake. My brain defaulted to that — because I simply cannot wrap my brain around the ability to do this to any living being — let alone your own child.

This is a father who admittedly searched online for how hot a car needed to be to kill a child. Authorities are painting the picture of a man who no longer wanted to be with his wife, and wanted to go back to a life of being childless and single. I’m surprised he didn’t try to kill his wife, too. I guess a toddler was an easier target.

I hope he rots.