A father has been charged with murder in the death of his 2-year-old child after he allegedly left the toddler in a hot car for eight hours.
Police said Justin Ross Harris, 34, was supposed to drop the child off at daycare, but forgot. He then drove to work at Home Depot around 9 a.m. Wednesday and left the toddler in the car. It wasn’t until Harris left work and started driving home that he looked in the backseat and saw the child still strapped in the car seat and unresponsive.
A witness saw Harris pull into the Akers Mill Square shopping center, stop his car straddling two lanes of traffic, jump out and begin CPR on the toddler.
Harris is charged with murder and cruelty to children, both felonies and is currently being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
He made is first court appearance Thursday night and was denied bond.
Several friends and relatives were seen at Harris’ condominium in Marietta Thursday morning, but they declined to speak about the incident.
Home Depot released the following statement:
“Like the rest of our community, we’re deeply saddened by this tragic loss. We continue to work with authorities on their investigation and grief counselors are available for our associates who request assistance.”
Anyone with information about this case which may assist detectives is asked to call (770) 499-3945.