Justin Ross Harris returns to jail after a court appearance.
Justin Ross Harris returns to jail after a court appearance. Kelly J. Huff

Jailed for life over death of son in hot car

A US man convicted of murder after his toddler son died in a hot car has been sentenced to life in jail with no parole.

Jurors convicted Justin Ross Harris last month of malice murder and other charges over the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.

The malice murder conviction means jurors believed Harris left the young boy to die on purpose.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark sentenced the 36-year-old on Monday.

Cooper died after sitting for seven hours in a child seat in his father's car outside the office where Harris worked on a day when temperatures reached at least 31 degrees.

Harris said he forgot to drop his son off at day care that morning, driving straight to his job as a web developer for Home Depot and not remembering his son was still in his car seat.

Harris was engaging in online flirting and in-person affairs with numerous women other than his wife, including a prostitute and an underage teenager.

The jury concluded Harris intentionally killed his son to escape the responsibilities of family life.

He was also found guilty of sending nude photos and sexual texts to a teenage girl.



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