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Dad was sexting while son was dying in hot car, police say

Friday, July 04, 2014 - 01:40

Police say Georgia father charged with leaving his toddler in a hot car was sexting 6 women, including a teen as his son died. Linda So reports.

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Disturbing details revealed in the case of the Georgia father accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot car while he went to work. Justin Ross Harris is charged with murder in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. Police say while the child was dying, his father was exchanging sexually explicit messages with six women including a teen. SOUNDBITE: PROSECUTOR, SAYING: "These conversations he was having of what nature were they?" SOUNDBITE: PHIL STODDARD, COBB COUNTY POLICE DETECTIVE, SAYING: "The most common term would be sexting." The father claims it was a terrible mistake when he forgot to drop his son off at daycare. But prosecutors say he deliberately killed the boy, claiming Harris was unhappily married and even searched the Internet for information on living a child free life. When his wife went to pick Cooper up at daycare, she was told the boy was never dropped off. SOUNDBITE: PHIL STODDARD, COBB COUNTY POLICE DETECTIVE, SAYING: "In front of several witnesses, all of a sudden she states, "Ross must've left him in the car." The couple had taken out two life insurance policies for their son totally $27,000. Police say Harris nor his wife seemed upset during questioning. SOUNDBITE: PHIL STODDARD, COBB COUNTY POLICE DETECTIVE, SAYING: "He talked about losing his job, what am I going to do. I'm going to lose my job. I'll be charged with a felony. (Prosecutor) "Did his wife ever say anything to him about what he said to police?" She had him sit down and she looks at him and said, well did you say too much?" But the defense maintains it was a horrible mistake. SOUNDBITE: MADDOX KILGORE, DEFENSE ATTORNEY, SAYING: "The results were, awful, and that man is going to have to live with those for the rest of his life as is his wife, as is his family, as is the community but that don't make it crime." Harris was denied bond and will remain in jail until his trial.

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Dad was sexting while son was dying in hot car, police say

Friday, July 04, 2014 - 01:40