ATLANTA, Ga. – A father has been charged with murder in the death of his 2-year-old child after he allegedly left the child in a hot car for eight hours.
Police said Justin Ross Harris, 34, was supposed to drop the child off at daycare, but forgot.
He then drove to work around 9 a.m. Wednesday and left the toddler in the car.
It wasn’t until Harris left work and started driving home that he looked in the backseat and saw the child still strapped in the car seat and unresponsive.
A witness saw Harris pull into the Akers Mill Square shopping center, stop his car straddling two lanes of traffic, jump out and begin CPR on the toddler.
“He was constantly saying, ‘What have I done, what have I done.’”
Harris is charged with murder and cruelty to children, both felonies and is currently being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
Anyone with information about this case which may assist detectives is asked to call 770-499-3945.
Temperatures in Atlanta topped 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon.
Temperatures inside a hot car could go as high as 130 to 140 degrees in a few hours.
This is an important reminder to never leave an animal or person in a car during the summer.
If you are a parent, create a routine where you always check the car, such as putting your purse or phone in the rear seat.