Father Allegedly Discussed Life Insurance Policy on Son With Relatives Before Child’s Death


Justin Ross Harris, the man accused of leaving his 18-month-old son inside a hot car to die, appeared in a Cobb County, Georgia, courtroom Thursday, July 3, 2014. (Credit: Pool)

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New warrants released Friday in the case of a father accused of leaving his son in a hot car for him to die show police dug into Justin Harris’ financial records.

Cobb County police said Justin Harris, 34, was supposed to drop 22-month-old Cooper Harris off at daycare on June 18.

He instead went into work and left the toddler strapped into a rear-facing car seat. 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.

Police have charged Harris with murder and prosecutors indicated at a hearing Thursday that Harris left his child in the car intentionally.

Police issued search warrants on laptops and desktops at Harris’ home and at Home Depot where he works. They also issued search warrants on an iPhone, Google Chromecast, and human resources records at Home Depot including insurance policies and pay stubs.

According to the warrants, Harris recently started a new business with several friends. When asked about the business, Harris stated that they are just getting started and haven’t really established themselves.

Harris told police he recently took over the finances for the family. According to warrants, Harris has acquired some credit card debt, around $4,000 in order to acquire airline miles.

Harris currently has outstanding student loans and car loans for him and his wife, Leanna.

The warrant also states that Harris has made comments to family members regarding a life insurance policy that he has on Cooper and what they need to do in order to file for it.

There were two life insurance policies on the child totaling $25,000.

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