Police investigate internet searches following death of child le

Police investigate internet searches following death of child left in hot vehicle in Georgia

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The funeral service for 22 month-old Cooper Harris was Saturday in Tuscaloosa. He died June 18 after being left in  hot vehicle in Georgia The funeral service for 22 month-old Cooper Harris was Saturday in Tuscaloosa. He died June 18 after being left in hot vehicle in Georgia
Investigators say the mother of a 22 month old who died after being left in a hot vehicle admitted she researched how long it would take for a child to die after being left in a car just days before the incident happened.

Leanna Harris told authorities she only looked into the subject because she was afraid it could happen one day.

Her son, 22 month-old Cooper Harris, died earlier this month after his father left him in a hot vehicle for several hours in Georgia. The father, Justin Ross Harris, has since been charged with murder and child cruelty.

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The husband initially told police he drove to work and forgot the child was in the backseat. He claimed he didn’t notice Cooper until he was on his way home from work later that day. He then pulled over the car and tried to revive the child.

Investigators say Justin Harris also admitted to conducting a similar search on the internet before the incident.

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Cooper Harris was laid to rest Saturday in a funeral service held in Tuscaloosa.

Justin Harris is being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail in Marietta, Georgia. He called the service Saturday and thanked those in attendance for their support using a speaker phone.

The mother has not been charged in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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