Father Escapes Death Penalty in Hot Car Toddler Death Case

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According to a prosecutor, the father that left his toddler in a hot car to die this summer will not get the death penalty. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in a statement that he won’t seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris after reviewing the state’s death penalty statute. Harris, from Georgia, left his toddler on the car seven hours on a day when temperatures in the Atlanta area reached into the high 80s.

A lawyer for Harris’ wife, Leanna Harris said, “She’s thrilled with the district attorney’s decision not to seek the death penalty because this affirms what we’ve been saying all along: This was just a tragic accident. When the truth comes out, justice will prevail for Ross.” Essentially claiming that her husband is innocent in the incident.

Harris faces multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates prosecutors intend to prove Harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son Cooper to die in the hot car.

[via Yahoo! News]