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Georgia dad accused of murder in hot-car death wanted "child-free" life

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Dad appears in court to face murder charge for child's death in hot car. Dad appears in court to face murder charge for child's death in hot car.

ATLANTA, Ga. (NBC) - The suburban Atlanta father accused of murdering his toddler by leaving him in a hot SUV for several hours was in an unhappy marriage and wanted a "child-free life," a detective testified Thursday.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, had even been sexting with multiple women, including a 17-year-old girl, in the two weeks before son Cooper was found dead in the back seat of the family SUV on June 18, said Cobb County Det. Phil Stoddard. Some of the graphic texts were sent the same day his 22-month-old son was dying in the car, he added.


Prosecutors during Harris' probable cause hearing were building a case for why Harris allegedly left his son in a sweltering car on purpose while he was at work. "Evidence shows he has this whole second life ... with alternate personas," Stoddard said. It was also revealed that Harris and his wife, Leanna, had two life insurance policies on their son.

Authorities claim Cooper's death is a case of more than "simple negligence." According to warrants, Harris had done research online about child deaths in vehicles and "what temperature it needs to be." Cooper was buried last week, and Harris was allowed to call in to the funeral from jail. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond. A judge will decide whether to grant him bail at Thursday's hearing.

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