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The mother of 22-month-old boy Cooper Harris has told police she searched the internet for information on how child deaths in cars occur.
Leanna Harris told police that in the months prior to her son’s death she searched for what temperature cars had to be for a death to occur.
The admission comes after Harris’ husband Justin Ross Harris suggested he did the same thing.
And the reason they did it? They were fearful they would make the fatal mistake one day.
Mamamia previously reported:
In a new twist, police have implied there may be more to the story than Justin Ross Harris simply forgetting his son, 22-month-old Cooper, was in the car.
A police warrant now reveals that Harris took his son to breakfast at the Vinings Chick-fil-A before driving to work, and that he returned to the car at lunch time before leaving the child again.
Sources have also told WAGA-TV that at some point before the boy’s death Harris used his work computer to search for details on how long it took an animal to die in overheated cars, News.com.au reports.
“Much has changed about the circumstances leading up to the death of this 22-month-old since it was first reported,” Cobb County Police Sergeant Dana Pierce told CNN.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 34 years. What I know about this case shocks my conscience as a police officer, a father and a grandfather.”
“I cannot confirm that the child, as originally reported, was in the car at 9am,” Pierce cryptically added.
Witness Edward Cockerham told Mail Online: “I was interviewed by the police last night and I told them I thought the guy was acting, he was really overreacting to the situation.
“It seemed like acting to me. When he pulled in and people started asking him what had happened, he said that the baby had just started choking. But the baby didn’t look like it had been choking, it looked like it had been sweating, like it had been in a swimming pool, his hair was all wet,” Cockerham, 49, told Mail Online.
Meanwhile, more than 11,100 people have signed a online Change.org petition calling for Harris to be set free.The petition claims that Harris ‘loved his son immensely’ and the fatal incident was just a ‘horrible accident.