Judge: No bond for dad in boy's death in hot SUV

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A judge has refused to grant bond to a Georgia man charged with murder after his toddler son died inside of a hot SUV.

The judge's decision Thursday means Justin Ross Harris will remain in jail. Prosecutors laid out their case against him before that ruling, portraying him as a man who was unhappy in his marriage.

A detective also testified that Ross had looked at a website that advocated against having children, and that Ross had exchanged nude photos with several women while his son sat in the hot car.

Ross' defense attorney argued there was no evidence the boy was left inside the car intentionally. Attorney Maddox Kilgore says the testimony about the nude photos was simply meant to publicly shame his client.

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- A detective says the Georgia man charged with murder in his young son's death showed no emotion when he was interviewed by investigators about the toddler's death.

Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified at a hearing Thursday for Justin Ross Harris, whose 22-month-old son Cooper died after being left in the hot car. Harris has said he forgot to take the boy to day care. Stoddard says Harris routinely took the boy to day care in the mornings.

Stoddard says Harris' wife came to the day care the afternoon the boy died, June 18, and was told the child wasn't there. According to witnesses, she then said her husband must have left the toddler in the car.

Police say the mother of a toddler who died in an unattended SUV in suburban Atlanta told investigators she researched the subject online because she was afraid it could happen. Leanna Harris hasn't been charged in the death of her son. Police say Harris told investigators he conducted a similar Internet search before the boy died.

Police have said facts in the case "do not point toward simple negligence." An arrest warrant said Harris stopped with his son for breakfast and returned to put something inside his car during the day while the child was still inside. The Cobb County Medical Examiner's office said last week that officials believe the child died of hyperthermia -- a condition in which the body overheats. The medical examiner has called the death a homicide.

The temperature that day was 88 degrees at 5:16 p.m., according to a warrant filed the day after the child died.

Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and moved to Georgia in 2012 to work for Home Depot.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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