A Georgia man who said he accidentally left his 22-month-old son in a hot car may have actually intentionally murdered the child.
Law enforcement sources are now investigating whether 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris purposely left the boy in sweltering heat and then Googled how long it would take him to die.
Sources told an Atlanta news reporter the father whose son was found dead in a hot car used his work computer to search how long it would take an animal to die in a hot car.
Reporter Randy Travis said the information came from a Cobb County law enforcement source.
The station also reported Justin Ross Harris took his son to breakfast with him before he said he forgot the 22-month-old was in his car all day.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 34 years. What I know about this case shocks my conscience as a police officer, a father and a grandfather,” said Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce.
Initially, Harris, 33, told Cobb County police that he accidentally left his toddler son in his SUV on Wednesday.
According to police, Harris told them he had forgotten to drop the child off at a daycare center, before going to work.
Harris initially told police he realized that he’d left the boy strapped in his car seat as he drove home Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators say patrol officers were in the area of the Akers Mill Square shopping center in the suburban Atlanta county when dispatchers received the calls from witnesses around 4:20 p.m.
“He kept saying, ‘What have I done? What have I done?’” Dale Hamilton told CNN affiliate WSB-TV.
“Within moments of the first responders getting to the scene and doing their job and questions began to be asked about the moments that led up to their arrival at the scene, some of those answers were not making sense to the first responders,” Pierce of Cobb County Police said.
On Thursday, Harris pleaded not guilty to felony murder and cruelty to children charges. He’s being held without bond at the Cobb County Jail.
This case just keeps getting crazier and crazier…