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Sexting Hot Car Death Dad Ross Harris Indicted On 8 Counts — Including Murder Charges — In Toddler’s Death

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Sep. 4 2014, Published 12:27 p.m. ET

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Ross Harris was indicted by a Cobb County, Ga. grand jury early Thursday on eight counts in connection with the June 18 hot car death of his 22-month-old son Cooper.

The 33-year-old was indicted on malice murder, two counts of felony murder, and counts of cruelty to children in the 1st degree; cruelty to children in the 2nd degree; criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children; and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors in connection with both the death, and sexually explicit images police said he sent to underage girls they discovered while searching his possessions following the child’s death.

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Authorities said Harris killed his toddler son by leaving him in his scorching 2011 Hyundai Tucson for seven hours outside of a Home Depot while he was at work inside. Harris has said he forgot his son was in the car, as he was supposed to take the boy to daycare.

Officials cited online searches regarding hot car fatalities, and a pair of life insurance policies Ross Harris and his wife Leanna has purchased on the boy, in their investigation into the father.

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Harris, who has pleaded not guilty to felony murder and second-degree child cruelty in the death, remains in custody in Cobb County. He could face the death penalty if convicted on the murder charges.

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