Former Tuscaloosa Resident Charged with Murder After Leaving Toddler in SUV for Seven Hours
A former resident of Tuscaloosa has been charged with murder after leaving his 22-month-old son in the backseat of his SUV for seven hours. According to al.com, Justin Ross Harris, a 1999 graduate of Tuscaloosa County High School and 2012 University of Alabama graduate, moved to Atlanta with his family and was working as a web developer for Home Depot.
Harris, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, was supposed to have dropped his son off at daycare between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. He somehow forgot to take his son to daycare, instead realizing his tragic mistake after his son had been trapped inside their sweltering SUV for seven hours.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution also reports:
[Harris] had to be handcuffed by arriving officers as witnesses and then paramedics administered CPR, according to Cobb County police.
“What have I done? What have I done?” witnesses heard the man scream. “I’ve killed our child.”
Harris is currently being held in the Cobb County Detention Center after being charged with first-degree murder and cruelty to a child.