Dad charged with murder after son dies in hot car

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County man has been charged with murder and cruelty to children after leaving his 22-month-old son in a hot car all day.

According to Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, the father, Justin Ross Harris, went to work at around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Cobb County police said Harris was supposed to bring the boy to daycare. Instead he went to work, apparently forgetting the child was strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle.

As he was driving home from work at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Harris noticed that his son was in the back seat and pulled over at the Akers Mill Square shopping center on Cobb Parkway.

Harris tried to perform CPR on the boy, according to a witness, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harris is being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail.

The high temperature in Atlanta was 91 degrees, according to 11Alive meteorologist Chris Holcomb.

Just weeks ago, a new campaign called "Look Again" was launched in Georgia. In the ad, state leaders and a the father of a 2-year-old heatstroke victim remind everyone to take the little bit of time to look again before you leave your vehicle. That means checking the front and back of your car and then, just to be sure, look again. Anyone who sees a child left alone in a vehicle is urged to call 911


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