Georgia father gets life for leaving 22-month-old son in hot SUV to die

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Justin Harris Ross sentenced to life without parole for intentionally leaving son to die in hot car
WATCH ABOVE: Justin Harris Ross has been found guilty of malice murder and other charges after his toddler son died in a hot SUV. He was sentenced to life without parole Monday in a Marietta, GA court. Jurors convicted Justin Ross Harris last month in the 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The malice murder sentence means the jury believes Harris intentionally left his son to die – Dec 5, 2016

MARIETTA, Ga. – A judge on Monday handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for a Georgia man convicted of murder by jurors who believed he had intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris, 36, of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The malice murder conviction means they believed Harris left the young boy to die on purpose.

Cooper died after sitting for about seven hours in the back seat of his father’s vehicle outside the suburban Atlanta office where Harris worked on a day when temperatures reached at least into the high 80s.

WATCH: Justin Ross Harris, a father in Georgia, was found guilty in the death of his 22-month old son who died after being left in a hot vehicle. Dan Scheneman reports. 
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Georgia father found guilty of son’s hot car death
Leanna Taylor cries as defense attorney Maddox Kilgore shows the jury a picture of her son Cooper during a murder trial for her ex-husband Justin Ross Harris who is accused of intentionally killing Cooper in June 2014 by leaving him in the car in suburban Atlanta, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Brunswick, Ga. AP Photo/John Bazemore

Harris said he forgot to drop his son off at day care that morning, driving straight to his job as a web developer for Home Depot, not remembering that Cooper was still in his car seat.

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Investigators found evidence that Harris was engaging in online flirting and in-person affairs with numerous women other than his wife, including a prostitute and an underage teenager. They concluded that Harris intentionally killed his son to escape the responsibilities of family life.

WATCH: At a hearing in Georgia, a man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving him in a hot SUV, a detective testified that Justin Ross Harris was unhappy in his marriage, exchanged nude photos with several women and looked at websites that advocated against having children.

Because the case had received an enormous amount of local and national media coverage, Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark decided after nearly three weeks of jury selection in April that pretrial publicity had made it too difficult to find a fair jury in Cobb County, where the boy died, and granted a defence request to relocate the trial.

A jury in Glynn County, located on the Georgia coast about 60 miles south of Savannah, spent about a month listening to evidence in the case and deliberated for four days before finding Harris guilty of all eight counts against him. In addition to malice murder and felony murder charges, Harris also was found guilty of sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl and sending her nude photos.


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