The mother of a toddler who died after his father left him inside a hot car all day said she was not angry at her husband and called him a great father.
Leanna Harris spoke at her 22-month-old son’s funeral Saturday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.
The mother went on to say she would not bring her son, Cooper, back into this selfish world.
She has also been in the spotlight after newly released warrants indicate she did online research as to what happens when children are left in hot cars, the Associated Press reported.
Her husband, Justin Harris, who is charged in their son’s death, reportedly searched the web for the same information prior to the incident.
Harris is accused of forgetting Cooper inside his SUV around 8:30 a.m. on June 18 while he went to work.
According to arrest warrants, he left work just after 4 p.m. and found his son unresponsive. Despite attempts at CPR, Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene.
He had been inside the car for approximately seven hours.
Cooper’s obituary says the boy was born to “the most proud parents there could ever have been” and that he loved trucks, cars and color red.
Harris was charged with felony murder and second-degree child cruelty. He remains jailed without bond in Cobb County, Georgia.
- June 28, 2014: Warrant: Man did Web search on kids dying in cars
- June 25, 2014: Ga. father who left son in hot car checked vehicle at lunch, warrant says
- June 19, 2014: Ga. father charged with murder after leaving toddler in hot car