*A suburban Atlanta father who was recently charged with murder for leaving his 22-month-old son in a locked car for hours, causing his death, has been denied bond. According to Cobb County Detective, Phil Stoddard, Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, was in an unhappy marriage and wanted a “child-free life.”
This revelation comes in light of news that Harris had been sending nude photographs to women the day his son died and had looked at websites that promoted a life without children, a detective testified Thursday.
According to NBC News, a judge denied a $50,000 bond and ruled there was probable cause to move forward with the case. So Harris now remains in jail
Cooper was found dead in the back seat of the family SUV on June 18. Harris had claimed he forgot his son was strapped in the carseat (for hours) after his arrival at work.
But Stoddard testified that Harris had been leading a double life, and said he was actually sexting with several women on that fateful day; one of the women being a 17-year-old girl.
It was also revealed that Harris and his wife had two life insurance policies for the toddler.
Harris’ attorney Maddox Kilgore protested, saying that the lewd texting doesn’t constitute evidence of his client’s alleged wanton disregard for his son.
“There’s nothing per se nefarious about it in this context,” Kilgore said, adding that there is no evidence showing that Harris knowingly left Cooper in the car seat.
“An accident doesn’t become a crime because the results were catastrophic,” he added.
While his attorney spoke, Harris started to cry and wiped tears away with a tissue.
Read more at NBC News here.