Ga. father charged after young son dies in hot car

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:45:23 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2014 03:29:09 PM EDT
Justin Harris

Cobb County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Justin Harris

MARIETTA, Ga. -

Police in suburban Atlanta say a man whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot SUV for hours has been charged with felony murder.

Cobb County police spokesman Dana Pierce said in a statement Thursday that 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris is also charged with cruelty to children in his son's death.

Authorities have said Harris was supposed to drive his son to daycare, but instead drove straight to work and didn't realize the boy was strapped into his car seat until the ride home Wednesday afternoon.

Eyewitness Dale Hamilton told WAGA-TV it was a horrible situation that played out before his eyes in the parking lot.  Hamilton said he saw the frantic father pull the lifeless body of his 22-month-old son from the car and try to perform CPR.

Temperatures in the metro Atlanta area reached the low 90s on Wednesday.

Harris is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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