Dad who left son in hot car checked vehicle at lunch

Ga. father who left son in hot car checked vehicle at lunch, warrant says

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Justin Harris is charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty. (Courtesy: WSB-TV) Justin Harris is charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty. (Courtesy: WSB-TV)
Cooper Harris, 22 months, died after being left in a hot car for hours on July 18, 2014. (Courtesy: WSB-TV) Cooper Harris, 22 months, died after being left in a hot car for hours on July 18, 2014. (Courtesy: WSB-TV)
ATLANTA, Ga. - A Georgia father charged with murder after leaving his son in his hot SUV checked the vehicle at lunch, a warrant filed in Cobb County Tuesday has revealed.

Justin Harris was supposed to drop off his 22-month-old son Cooper at daycare last Wednesday morning.

According to the warrant, that morning, Harris put the boy in a rear-facing car seat centered in the back seat of his Hyundai Tucson after eating breakfast at a local Chick-fil-A.

He then drove to his office and left his son strapped into the vehicle while he entered work.

During lunch, the warrant states Harris opened the driver’s side door and put something in the SUV.  He then closed the door and returned to work.

At 4:16 p.m., Harris left work in his vehicle but quickly pulled into a nearby shopping center where he attempted to revive the child.

The boy, who had been left in the vehicle for approximately seven hours, was pronounced dead at the scene

Harris is charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty. He is being held without bond.

A funeral will be held for Cooper Harris on Saturday in Alabama.

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