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Petition Asks Cobb D.A. to Drop Murder Charges Against Justin Harris

Cobb police have charged a Marietta man with felony murder after he allegedly left his 22-month-old boy in an SUV all day on Wednesday.

Cooper Harris died on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 after spending more than seven hours in an SUV in Cobb County. Credit: Facebook.
Cooper Harris died on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 after spending more than seven hours in an SUV in Cobb County. Credit: Facebook.
A petition started Thursday encouraging the Cobb County District Attorney's Office to drop murder charges against the Marietta man jailed after he allegedly accidentally left his 22-month-old child in a broiling SUV on Wednesday has garnered more than 750 signatures as of mid-morning Friday.

The Change.org petition from Parents Support Parents indicates it will be delivered to Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds. It’s titled, “Drop Murder Chargers Against Justin Harris for Son’s Accidental Death.” 

It reads:

Justin Harris, the father of a 22-month-old boy left day in a car has been charged with murder and child cruelty. He is being held without bond and is currently still in jail. This is a horrible accident. The father loved his son immensely. These were very loving parents who are devastated. Justin already has to live with a punishment worse than death. Sending what's left of his family in to bankruptcy to defend him against these charges is only bringing more hardship to a family that will never recover from the loss of a child. There is nothing to indicate that the father intentionally left his child in the car, so a charge of murder is not appropriate.  

Sign this petition to tell the D.A to drop the murder charges.

A sampling of some of the comments:

“This is unjust. There is no way to prove a motive in the short 20 hours that you took. This man's life is destroyed. Charging him with murder for a tragic accident and ruining what's left of his family is not just.” - Sarah Mosley, Mableton

“This man's character is not consistent with this crime. I've known Ross for over 10 years and he is a selfless man who loved people and loved his family more. NOTHING in his life even hints at this behavior. Everyone who knows him would echo these feelings. Please have mercy on a devastated father.” – William Overstreet, Austin, Texas

“This man is already in his own "personal" hell, as is his family. Where is the intent?” – Sara Huff, Atlanta

Pam J June 28, 2014 at 05:03 PM
I guess I just don't understand how anybody can defend a person who leaves their child in a car to die. I don't care if you are sleep-deprived or under a lot of stress, there is no excuse, and you should be charged with murder. In my opinion.
Debra Breniak June 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM
I don't care what and why it happened, if you leave a child in a car whever it is hot or cold out it is just wrong. When a child dies I agree with the charges he did something by his own choice which killed his son. That child had to be in that car awhile and he new he left him there. I can't beleive parents today that do this, I never left my child alone anywhere, we are told never leave a child alone. Did he think his car was a playpen while he did what he wanted shame on him and he should go to jail
Debra Breniak June 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM
these people that are defending him should be ashamed as well maybe they too leave their children in cars while they shop. Maybe anyone signing this should be checked out by child services.
momala57 June 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM
After losing my firstborn child to an undiagnosed heart defect, I have not an ounce of sympathy for parents who endanger their children's lives with these insane acts, whether they be "accidental" or intentional. From driving children around without car seats to leaving them unsupervised at home, in cars, in stores (I can go on and on), the neglect is incomprehensible. You may accidentally forget groceries in the car but how is it you don't "remember" that you left home to go to the store AND work with your child and accidentally left them in the car. Internet browsings or not, guilt is unquestionable. Lucky I am not on that jury.
SUNKEN SUB July 01, 2014 at 02:52 PM
* UP SCOPE ================================================ Nobody has mentioned Cooper's physical condition. ================================================ I think he suffered from "Water on the Brain", a debilitating, genetic birth defect. ================================================ His life would have been a struggle and I think at least one parent could not come to grips with the lifestyle and expense of supporting Cooper. Sad, So Sad. ================================================ The authorities do not make a habit of reacting without cause. ================================================ Remember Cooper, he deserved so much better. ================================================ Down Scope.

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