Father in Hot Car Death Formally Charged With Murder

Justin Ross Harris maintains his innocence, claiming he forgot to drop Cooper off at daycare.
2:17 | 09/05/14

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Now to the Georgia toddler who I good after his father left him in a hot car back in June. A grand jury has now formally charged Justin Ross Harris with murder. And, Amy, I know you have much more on this. That's right. Good morning. Justin Ross Harris maintains that his child's death was a horrible accident. But now Harris could face the death penalty. This morning, Justin Ross Harris accused of leaving his 22-month-old son cooper in a hot car to die has officially been charged in the boy's murder. The Georgia father indicted Thursday on eight charges including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children, prosecutors set to decide in the coming weeks whether to seek the death penalty. We look forward to the case running its course and ultimately justice being served this this matter. Reporter: The indictment says the 33-year-old father purposely left cooper in the back of his silver SUV outside his job for seven hours on hot day in June while Harris was inside texting lewd pictures to multiple women who were not his wife. One of them, only 17 years old. An offense he's also charged with in the indictment. You see a child left alone in a vehicle, please call 911. Reporter: Police also say Harris watched these child safety videos only days before cooper's death warning of the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. How many types did you view it? He viewed it twice. Reporter: But Harris' lawyers insist he is innocent claiming he forgot to drop cooper off at day care after finishing breakfast with his son at a nearby restaurant. Cooper's death was a horrible gut-wrenching accident. Reporter: A witness at Harris' July bond hearing describes seeing an anguished Harris in this parking lot after realizing cooper was dead. I heard the desperate cries of a father who had just lost his son. Reporter: Harris was denied bond and has been in jail since his arrest in June. He's lost his son, his livelihood, his freedom. He's basically lost everything. Harris' wife continues to stand by her husband regularly visiting him while he has been behind bars these past few months and we anticipate she will be back in the courtroom when her husband is arraigned later this month. She was there for his bond hearing. She'll stay with him through the end. We have every reason to believe that's the case. Time now for the weather again and it's at least cool

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