It was a hot day in Georgia when, Justin Ross Harria, decided to leave his 22-month old son in the car while he took a 7 hour “Break” from being a Father, and Husband. Now, he’s facing jailtime for what happened to his Son on that 92 degree day in Georgia…and what he did during his 7 hour break from life’s responsibilities…is now being EXPOSED!
The sext messages sent by a married Georgia father to six women and a minor while his toddler son was dying in a hot car have been revealed in court.
Justin Ross Harris, who is accused of wanting out of his marriage to begin a childless new start to his life, began sending explicit messages on the morning of his son’s death on June 18, while the two sat in a Chick-fil-A.
An anonymous woman on the social media platform Whisper sent the father a message saying that she was tired of being married with kids.
Harris responded saying ‘I miss having time to myself and going out with friends’ and said his wife gets upset when he goes out with friends.
Harris responded, ‘I love my son and all, but we both need escapes,’ Cobb County police Det. Phil Stoddard testified during a hearing on Monday.
As he pulled into his office, Stoddard said the woman Harris was communicating with on the app wrote, ‘Agreed, hug, we both need that,’ according to WTAE .
Harris reportedly sent as many as six different women or girls messages, and sent and received explicit texts with some including nude images, CBS46 reported.
He also sent the minor a photo of his erect penis.
It was previously reported during a July hearing that Harris reportedly sent 40,000 texts using the Whisper messaging app, according to WSBTV .
This comes as a judge on Monday also ruled that she will not try charges that Harris had inappropriate online exchanges with underage girls separately from the charged being brought about as a result of his son’s death.
Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore had argued during the hearing that allegations Harris had sexually explicit online conversations with minors are completely unrelated to the murder and child cruelty charges he faces in the death of his son.
However, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley ruled against him, agreeing with the prosecution that those alleged actions can provide evidence of a motive for the murder charges and can demonstrate Harris’ state of mind leading up to and on the day of the boy’s death.
The sexual exploitation and dissemination of harmful material charges involve Harris allegedly asking for a nude photo of a minor’s genitalia and sending her descriptions of ‘sexual excitement and sexual conduct.’
Stoddard said Harris sent the girl a photo of his erect penis.
Police have said the Harris’ son Cooper was left in the back of his father’s Hyundai Tucson for about seven hours on June 18, 2014, a day when temperatures in the Atlanta area reached 92 degrees.
The medical examiner’s office has said the boy died of hyperthermia – essentially overheating – and called his death a homicide.
The father will now face one trial beginning the week of February 22 relating to allegations that he sent sexts to a minor as well intentionally leaving his son in a car to die.
Harris had reportedly spent the day of his son’s death working at Home Depot where he was a web developer while also messaging multiple women who were not his wife.
On Monday, additional online conversations were brought to light including the one with exchanges about him missing time for himself, according to the AJC.
During the hearing, Stoddard also shared snippets of interviews with three minors after he spoke with six women or girls on the day of the boy’s death.
One minor, only identified as ‘CD’ told Stoddard that ‘Ross loved Cooper a lot’ and he would not do anything to hurt the child, WTAE reported.
She also told Stoddard that he sent her photos of Cooper who he described as ‘smart’ and ‘handsome’, and said Harris sent her photos of him and the boy on the beach while she sent images of her from prom.
When asked why she sent him photos, she said because ‘I really liked him’.
The girl also said that Harris discouraged her from dropping out of technical during one point in their relationship.
The detective said Harris and ‘CD’ had exchanges while Cooper was dying in the SUV and added that the exchanges were ‘sexual in nature,’ WTAE reported.
In an interview with another minor, only identified as ‘JM’, Stoddard said Harris told the teen that he loved her and missed her, and even surprised her one day by going to the parking lot of a store where she said she was headed to.
And in an interview with a third minor, identified as ‘CH’, Stoddard said the girl asked Harris if he loved his wife and he replied yes but said the relationship was ‘in a bad state’ and also told her he was a sex addict, WTAE reported.
Even if all the allegations of conversations and relationships with other women are true, which the defense disputes, that does not amount to a motive for murder or prove that Harris wanted his son dead, Kilgore argued.
Harris was indicted in September 2014 on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children.
The eight-count indictment also includes charges related to accusations that Harris tried to get an underage girl to send him a photo of her genitalia, had sexually explicit online conversations with her and sent her a sexually explicit photo.
Harris has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have repeatedly said the toddler’s death was a tragic mistake.
Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring has painted Harris as a man who potentially left his son in the car and wished to get out of his marriage and start a new childless life.
‘The state wants to bootstrap every bad act they can come up with to suggest some grand scheme that doesn’t exist,’ Kilgore said as he argued for a separate trial on the sexting charges.
Police said that Harris had visited several sites showing people dying in various ways including suicides and executions, CBS46 reported.
Harris previously told investigators he forgot to take his son to day care that morning, WSBTV reported.
According to prosecutors, he went to get breakfast with Cooper at Chick-fil-A two minutes from where he parked for work at Home Depot on the morning of the boy’s death.
Harris is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and moved to Georgia in 2012 to work for Home Depot.
Can you imagine being the wife of this man? Knowing your son died in this manner, JUST because he was sick of his responsibilities as a Father and Husband? How infuriating would it be to know…instead of killing your Son he should have just LEFT you! Instead of taking your life from you…he should have just put you through the lesser heartbreak and asked for a divorce. Now, you have no husband, and worse…no son. With this story, the only peace is knowing that this child is no longer in pain, but in paradise and surrounded by love. Despite the horrifying actions of his foolish, selfish, Father.