BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A jury has convicted a Georgia father of murder in the 2014 death of his toddler son who perished after being left in a hot car while he worked.
A jury reached its verdict Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris. The former Home Depot web developer's 22-month-old son, Cooper, died on June 18, 2014 after Harris left him in his SUV for seven hours.
Harris was charged with malice murder after investigators concluded he left his child to die on purpose. They also charged him with felony murder, which does not require proof of intent to kill. He was found guilty of both murder charges.
Harris told police that he forgot to drop Cooper off at day care before going to work.
Officials at the Cobb County Department of Public Safety said temperatures hit 92 degrees Fahrenheit the day of Cooper's death.
The Cobb County medical examiner's office found Cooper's cause of death was consistent with hyperthermia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.