(Mugshot courtesy of Cobb County PD)
You may remember seeing the story, and it's certainly not a new one. A man left his son in a hot car, or a woman left her daughter in a hot car.
Well now we have murder charges. A Georgia man who left his son in a hot car for seven hours was charged with murder in the toddler's death this morning.
Justin Ross Harris was indicted on multiple charges including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. Harris has been in jail since his arrest the day his son died.
The father had told police he was supposed to drive his son to day care the morning of June 18 but drove to work without realizing that the child was strapped into a car seat in the back.
According to Police, the toddler was left in a vehicle for about seven hours. The temperatures in the Atlanta area that day reached at least into the high 80s.
During a three-hour hearing in July, prosecutor Chuck Boring questioned a police detective at length, outlining evidence he said proved that Harris intentionally left his young boy in the hot SUV. But defense attorney Maddox Kilgore argued that the evidence was insufficient and that the boy's death was a tragic accident.
Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified that Harris had looked at websites advocating a child-free lifestyle and had researched how long it takes to die in a hot car.