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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Sep 5, 2014

While September traditionally signals the beginning of the fall season, sweltering heat is very much still prevalent throughout many parts of the country. The soaring climate creates dangerous conditions that often prove lethal in cases where negligence is present.

In Atlanta, two months after an incident in which his son died in a hot car, the responsible father has been charged with murder. Prosecutors report that Justin Ross Harris neglected his son in a parked car for several hours while exchanging elicit photographs with various women over the Internet.

A grand jury has now indicted Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The unique circumstance of the malice murder charge signifies prosecutors intend to prove the father deliberately left his son to die in the hot car, which if proven, could warrant the death penalty.

Worsening Harris’ legal issues, the charges maintain the exchange of elicit photographs involved several underage girls. The charges have resulted in tremendous publicity surrounding the case, Harris currently remains behind bars since his initial arrest following the death of his son.

Investigation records show Harris reported to police that he was supposed to drive his son to day care the morning of June 18 but instead drove to work without realizing the 22-month-old child was strapped into a car seat. The report indicates that the child was left in the vehicle for nearly seven hours on a day when temperatures in Atlanta hovered well over 80 degrees.

Medical examiners were quick to rule hyperthermia, or overheating, as the cause of death, calling his death a homicide. Later in June, officers charged Harris with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty, charges that imply neglect without intent. The latest charges brought against the defendant supersede all previous.