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Father of Toddler Who Died in Hot Car Denied Bond

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Atlanta - The Atlanta man accused of leaving his son in a hot car to die had his day in court today, facing murder charges. Bazi Kanani has more.

Evidence of sexting, and an internet search history on "how to survive in prison," were part of a detective's testimony at today's bond hearing.  Justin Ross Harris -in court today- hearing for the first time the evidence against him in the death of his young son, left for hours inside the family's hot vehicle.

Harris told investigators it was a horrible accident... that his last moments with 22-month-old Cooper, while strapping him into his car seat on the morning of June 18th, were loving.

"He said Cooper gave him a kiss and he kissed him back and he said he always gave him a kiss in case they get into a car accident or something happens."

Harris said he forgot to drop Cooper off at daycare and went straight to work for the day. It wasn't until he was driving home that he discovered his son in the car, pulling over to call for help.

"He just screamed what have I done loudly obviously it was a bit dramatic, hands in the air looking up toward the sky yelling what have I done."

But investigators were immediately suspicious.

According to the arrest warrant, Harris accessed his vehicle during the day to place an object in it through the driver's side door, then closed the door and left the car.

Police also say both of the boy's parents had searched the internet for information on child heatstroke before the his death.

The lead detective said in court today that Ross Harris also read internet articles about the benefits of life without children.

And prosecutors suggested a possible motive for the alleged murder-- an unhappy marriage-- after the detective revealed what Harris was doing at work while his child was trapped in the car for 7 hours.

Dan Abrams: "He was sexting with other women - six different women - on the day that his child was sitting in that car burning to death.  I mean this is incredibly powerful evidence and so emotional and so disturbing."

Also revealed in court today: Harris and his wife had two life insurance policies on their child.  

Leanna Harris has not been charged with a crime, and defended her husband at their son's funeral... where she called him a wonderful dad.

The judge declared this a death penalty case... and denied bond for Harris, saying there is enough probable cause.



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