Too Much Yardage Between the Goal Posts

On June 18, 2014, Justin Ross Harris and his 22-month old son, Cooper, ate breakfast at an Atlanta Chik-fil-A before Justin went to work.  He was supposed to drop Cooper off at day care.  Instead, he drove directly to work and left Cooper strapped in his car seat in the family’s locked Hyundai Tucson.  Based on information from the Global News, this is what likely happened to Cooper:  As the temperature rose, he became more and more uncomfortable and struggled against the car seat.  A small child overheats quickly and his heart rate began to rise.  He suffered neurological dysfunction, nausea, disorientation, delirium and seizures.  He gasped for air as dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities caused heart arrhythmia.  Cooper was trapped for seven hours.  Justin claimed he simply made a horrible mistake, but the evidence was against him.  He engaged in extra-marital affairs and paid for the services of a prostitute.  He exchanged lewd text messages and photos with several women, including while Cooper slowly died.  He researched the Internet for information on deaths in hot vehicles.  He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.


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