On June 18, 2014, Justin Ross Harris left his 22-month-old son in his car for seven hours when he went to work in Marietta, Georgia.
By the time Harris got back into his vehicle at around 4 p.m., Cooper was dead. However, he didn’t notice his son’s body until after he drove to a local movie theater, where he began screaming. Though it seemed like a horrific accident, it was later revealed that he had texted a woman 10 minutes before he left Cooper saying, “I love my son and all, but we both need escapes.” There was also evidence that he could see his son inside the hot car.
More than two years after the incident, Harris has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering his child.
Harris also received an additional 32 years for other charges, including
first-degree cruelty to children, sexual exploitation of children,
and dissemination of harmful material to minors after trying to convince
a minor to send him nude photos.