Justin Ross Harris is on trial for murdering his baby son, Cooper Harris, after he left the child in a hot car. Prosecutors showed video from the crime scene, with witnesses crying on the stand as they described trying to revive the 22-month old. Click through RadarOnline.com's gallery to see shocking video of the tiny little victim.
The defense team spoke in the morning during day two of Justin Ross Harris' trial, claiming that the dad forgot that his baby son, Cooper Harris, was in the car and slammed the prosecution's claims that he was engaged in sexting with underage women while the child suffered locked in a hot car. Witness James Hawkins was one of the first people on the scene and cried on the stand as he recalled performing CPR on baby Cooper.
Witness Anthony Pantano said he heard screams and rushed to help take the baby out of the car. He said Ross Harris gave his son "a couple of chest compressions and one breath," and then he walked away, letting others perform CPR.
Hawkins broke down in tears on the stand, saying after he performed CPR on the baby that he left the scene. He told the jury that his daughter had died in an accident the previous year and he was overcome with emotion. He said that he didn't speak to anyone for a week after trying to resuscitate Cooper.
Hawkins told the jury Cooper was "pale yellow," and that "his tongue was sticking out," and "his hands were clenched," the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported from the courtroom.
Police officers draped a white sheet over the tiny body of Cooper after the men tried to help and the EMTS who arrived were unable to revive him.
Witnesses said that Ross Harris never went back to the baby to hold the body or to touch him at all.
The first officer on the scene, Jacqueline Piper said that when she placed Ross Harris in her patrol car he complained about how hot it was and complained about his handcuffs but never asked about his son.
A video was shown of Ross Harris in the patrol car and he was seen saying: "God, what have I done? What have I done? What have I done? Oh my god. Oh my god. What have I done? My boy. My boy. Oh my God."
"Ross' sex life, no matter how perverse and nasty and wrong that we think it is, it doesn't have a thing in the world to do with the fact that he left that little boy," defense attorney Maddox Kilgore said according to WSB TV2 in Atlanta. "They're completely unrelated. Got nothing to do with each other. . .It isn't some kind of motive to murder the person he loved more than anyone in the world."
Justin Ross Harris in court over toddler’s hot car death on July 3, 2014
Ross Harris is facing life in prison if found guilty. Stay with Radar for updates on the trial.
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