COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia father whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot car has been indicted for murder by a Cobb County, Ga., grand jury, his attorney said Thursday.
In the indictments delivered to a judge Thursday morning, Justin Ross Harris faces eight counts: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the second degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.
Harris, 33, was arrested after his son Cooper was found dead in the back seat of Harris' hot car on June 18.
He claimed he forgot to drop his son off at daycare the morning the boy died.
During a probable cause hearing in July, it was revealed that Harris sexted several women the day Cooper was in the SUV parked outside his father's Home Depot office. Home Depot has since terminated Harris.
It also was revealed during the hearing that Harris and his wife, Leanna, had two life insurance policies on the toddler.
A judge denied bond for Harris, saying he would stand trial on the charges.
Harris has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony murder and second-degree child cruelty.
During the course of the investigation into Cooper's death, police said both Harris and his wife researched hot-car deaths.
Contributing: Julie Wolfe, WXIA-TV, Atlanta