Dad Accused Of Sexting Underage Girls While Leaving Son To Die In Hot Car
A father has gone on trial after being accused of leaving his son to cook to death in a hot car while he sent sexts to women.
Justin Ross Harris, 35, of Cobb County in Georgia, allegedly left his 22-month-old child to die in the back of his SUV while he went to work at Home Depot in June 2014.
Prosecutor Chuck Boring said Harris sent a message to a woman just before he locked the car doors. The message read,
The prosecutor claims Harris was seeking sexual liaisons with young women -- some in their teenage years -- and sexting them.
Boring told the jury that while the boy was in the car, Harris "was messaging over 30 people, most of them women, most of them about sex."
Boring went on to say,
Harris' defense lawyers are set to make an opening statement today.
They previously claimed Harris meant to drop his son off at day care, but completely forgot the child was in the back seat of his car.
However, a probable cause hearing back in 2014 heard how the accused researched hot car deaths online as well as the search term "how to survive in prison."
Harris faces multiple charges including cruelty to a child, felony murder and malice murder.
The case has captured so much attention the trial had to be moved so unbiased jury members who hadn't yet heard the story could be found.
Citations: USA Today