Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after being left inside of a hot SUV for hours, has been denied bond.
Cobb County Judge Frank R. Cox denied bond to Harris, who was charged with child cruelty and murder after leaving his 22-month old son Cooper Harris in a car on June 18.
Police arrested Harris after his son was pronounced dead.
Cox found that there was probable cause for the charges in the warrant against the Cobb County father.
Defense Attorney Maddox Kilgore asked for bond to be set at $50,000. He said Harris had no intention of leaving his son in the car. During the hearing, Kilgore said his client had lunch with two friends the day Cooper died and then came back to his SUV to put a couple of light bulbs he bought inside the vehicle.
Authorities have said Harris left the boy in the car intentionally.
After the hearing, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds read a prepared statement to the media, but did not take any questions. Reynolds said the Cobb County police investigation is still in progress and Harris’ warrant is headed to the Cobb District Attorney’s Office for disposition.
Once law enforcement has completed their investigation, said Reynolds, their file will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
This article contains content from the Associated Press.