Mother in Hot Car Death Hires Her Own Lawyer

Authorities say Leanna Harris showed very little emotion when she learned her son had died.
2:29 | 07/11/14

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know being around them the most. We begin with the latest on the hot car death in Georgia. The father of the toddler has already been charged with murder and now his wife is preparing for her legal defense even though she has not been charged in her son's death. ABC's Steve osunsami has the story for us there in Atlanta. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. Paypal has just come out promising refunds to all those people who donated money to the family's defense and would now like their money returned. Ross Harris is no longer a web developer for Home Depot. He was let go Thursday. Leanna Harris seen here returning to her suburban Atlanta home Thursday. We have no comment for you. Reporter: Has not been charged in the heatstroke death of her 22-month-old son cooper but ABC news has learned she's now hired a lawyer. New toxicology results show that neither she nor her husband gave their son any drug or medication that would have caused him to fall asleep in the father's backseat on the morning of June 18th. Police have charged 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris with murder and second degree child cruelty. He pleaded not guilty claiming he forgot to drop the boy off at day care and forgot he was in the car. Cooper died after more than seven hours still buckled into his car seat on a 90-degree day. At least one eyewitness is speaking out in Harris' defense. Leonard madden says he looked truly destroyed when he couldn't revive his son. His initial reaction was too organic for it to have been planned from what I could see. His cries out of desperation and passion and hurt, they were too heart felt. Reporter: But police say while his son was dying of heatstroke in the back of this silver SUV the very married father was across the parking lot messaging lewd pictures of himself to women. Police are now poring over several of Harris' social media accounts. Prosecutors say he wanted to live a childless life. These messages and chats, did they start in the morning? They do. And continue throughout the day. They do. Reporter: They re-created the scene measuring temperatures in and out of the vehicle. It was another 90-degree day. Harris' lawyers went to meet him in jail Thursday. Prosecutors are expected to get an indictment handed down before the middle of September. David? All right, Steve, thanks. That is a tough story every time we hear it.

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