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Hot Car Killer Justin Ross Harris Met With Prostitutes Days Before Son's Death

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Feb. 23 2016, Published 12:36 p.m. ET

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The married Georgia man accused of letting his 22-month-old son die in a scorching car in 2014 visited prostitutes just days before his son's death, has learned.

Justin Ross Harris, 34, claims he forgot to drop son Cooper off at daycare on June 18, 2014, accidentally locking him inside his scorching 2011 Hyundai Tucson for seven hours while he went to work at Home Depot.

Cooper died from hyperthermia, also known as overheating. His death was later ruled a homicide.

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As previously reported, officials cited online searches of hot car fatalities, and a pair of life insurance policies Harris and his wife Leanna had purchased on the boy, in their investigation.

Later, his infidelity was discovered through an app known as Whisper. After an anonymous woman complained that she hated the rigors of family life, Harris replied, just ten minutes before he last saw his son, "I love my son and all but we both need escapes," and that he missed the days of "having time to myself and going out with my friends."

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At the start of his trial on Monday, Feb. 22, the assistant district attorney told the court of the investigation, in which police uncovered thousands of his messages to other women, including some underage girls.

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According to CNN's Philip Holloway, Harris even sent an explicit photograph of himself while at a baseball game with his son.

Last September, the 34-year-old was indicted in connection with 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.

Meanwhile, his wife Leanna filed for divorce just ten days ago.

Harris' trial continues this month. Story developing.



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