Father was sexting teen while kid died in a hot car in US

  • AP, Marietta
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2014 00:08 IST

Prosecutors say a man unhappy in his marriage was sexting several women including a teenaged girl as his son died in a hot vehicle, in a criminal case that quickly gained attention across America.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, faces murder and child cruelty charges in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper, who police say was left in a vehicle for about seven hours on a day when Atlanta experienced extreme temperatures.

The medical examiner’s office has said the boy died of hyperthermia, essentially overheating, and has called his death a homicide.

During the hearing, prosecutor Chuck Boring questioned a police detective at length, outlining evidence he said proves Harris intentionally left his young boy in the hot SUV on June 18.

Friends and family say Harris was a devoted and loving father who talked about his toddler son often. A judge declined at the end of the hearing to grant Harris bond, meaning he will remain in jail as of now.

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