Cobb toddler death: attorney says father likely gets bond

Cobb toddler death: attorney says father likely gets bond

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The high profile murder case of a father accused of leaving his young son to die in a hot car, will likely take another dramatic turn Thursday. That's when Ross Harris goes back to court.

New evidence could be revealed in the case, when Harris goes before a Cobb County Magistrate Judge at 1:30 p.m. for a probable cause hearing. That same judge is also expected to decide whether or not to grant Harris bond.

Prominent Atlanta defense attorney and former prosecutor, Jerry Froelich, tells FOX 5 bond is likely.

"The arguments are, does he have ties to the community? He clearly does," Froelich says. "Does he have a prior record? No. Is he a danger to the community? There's no evidence to suggest he's a danger to the community, that he's going to go out and commit another crime."

Froelich also expects the Cobb County District Attorney's office to push hard for no bond, and in the process, reveal much of the case against Harris.

"A lot of times prosecutors don't want to give away their whole card, and put as little as possible up. I think in this case, if he's going for no bond, he's going to be thinking, 'I'm going to put in everything I can,'" Froelich says.

Harris is accused of driving to work June 18 with his 22-month-old son Cooper in a backseat car seat. Investigators tell FOX 5, Harris claims to have forgotten his son, while he went into work for more than 7 hours. After leaving work and driving for a short time, Harris says he realized Cooper was in the backseat. Court documents show both Harris and his wife Leanna admit to doing internet searches on how long it takes for someone to die in a hot car.

Police believe Cooper Harris and his father pulled out of the parking of the condo where they started their day, sometime just before 9:00 a.m. on June 18.

According to court documents, Mr. Harris took his son to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast and just before they drove off he put Cooper into his carseat.

Mr. Harris drove to his office at Home Depot which took FOX 5 three minutes and 14 seconds to time.

According to police, in that time, Mr. Harris said he forgot about his son and went inside to work. Court records show Mr. Harris went back to his car to put something in it 2-and-a-half hours later.

Two different law enforcement sources tell FOX 5 during that lunch hour Mr. Harris left his work property to go out to lunch, but didn’t take his car.

Sources tell FOX 5 police are looking at every move Mr. Harris made, down to where he parked and the people he interacted with.

Mr. Harris left work after 4:00 p.m. not noticing his son in the backseat, even though sources tell the FOX 5 I-Team the smell inside the car made it obvious something was wrong.

At one point, Mr. Harris drove in the opposite direction of his home.

It took FOX 5 eight minutes and 18 seconds to get to the location where Mr. Harris says he first realized his son was in the hot car.

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