New Charges for Dad Who Forgot That his Son was still in the car **UPDATED**
EXCLUSIVE: As 11,000 sign petition to release father charged with murder of toddler son who died in 91F car, we reveal the disturbing behavior that will make his supporters think twice
- Justin Ross Harris, 33, from Marietta, Georgia, has been charged with murder of son, Cooper, aged 22 months
- He claims he went to work at Home Depot, forgot to drop Cooper off at daycare, and only discovered his tragic mistake seven hours later
- But witnesses on the day say he was acting 'odd' and claimed at first that Cooper was choking
- Witness Ed Cockerham told MailOnline: 'I know he had lost his baby but he was acting up more than he should have been. It seemed like acting to me'
- He added that the parking lot where the drama unfolded was a ten-minute drive from where Harris worked
- 'He had a lot of time to look in his mirror or look round to see the baby,' Cockerham added
- Police said on Wednesday that Harris actually RETURNED to his car at lunch while at work to put something in the front passenger seat
- But an online petition has been launched with 11,000 signatures supporting Harris' release - saying he is a great dad - and seeing his son die is punishment enough
- But police are sticking to the murder charge. 'Much has changed about the circumstances leading up to the death of this 22-month-old since it was first reported,' said Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce
The father accused of murdering his baby son after apparently leaving him alone for hours in a sweltering hot car was 'acting oddly' and told bystanders who tried to save the tot that the child had been ‘choking’ minutes earlier, the MailOnline can reveal.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, was supposed to drop 22-month-old Cooper to daycare around 9am last Wednesday but instead went straight to work, allegedly forgetting the boy was strapped in his car seat in the back of the vehicle for seven hours.
But instead of confessing to the tragic blunder – and admitting his baby had been dead for hours – it has been claimed Harris tried to cover his tracks by telling members of the public the child had just been choking.
And early Wednesday, police said that 'during lunch said accused did access the same vehicle through the driver's side door to place an object into the vehicle', hours before the drama unfolded