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Hot Car Death Dad: The Evidence That Convicted A Killer!

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Dec. 5 2016, Updated 8:56 p.m. ET

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Justin Ross Harris was found guilty of the brutal murder of his baby son, Cooper Harris, on December 5, 2016. Click through Radar's gallery to see the shocking evidence that convinced the jury that he plotted the murder of his young child by leaving him in a hot car to die.

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District Attorney Chuck Boring called Ross Harris' SUV the "murder weapon," in the case, saying he used it to kill his small child when he left him in there for the entire day on June 18, 2014.

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Cooper Harris, 22 months, was sitting in his rear facing car seat just inches from his father's driver's seat. The temperature reached approximately 120 degrees in the hot car. 

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Ross Harris was taken to the police station after his son was pronounced dead at the scene.  During his interrogation, Lead Detective Phil Stoddard told him, "Your actions caused his death," and he shockingly responded "How is that against the law?"

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Investigators presented a 3-D image of the car with a baby doll representing Cooper Harris locked in his car seat.

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The defense presented a photo of Cooper Harris sleeping, which his father took just days before his death. Ross Harris had taken daily photos of the baby at day care, but stopped two weeks before he was killed. The prosecution told the jury that he secretly planned the child's murder.

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Ross Harris was held in the Cobb County police headquarters, where he roamed around the room crying.

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The jurors saw a photograph of Cooper Harris dressed as Batman on his first birthday.

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Security footage from Home Depot's parking lot showed Ross Harris returning to his car at lunchtime on June 18, 2014. His son was locked in the car seat in the Georgia heat. Ross Harris tossed a bag of lightbulbs into the car but did not rescue the baby.

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Ross Harris pulled into a parking lot less than a mile from his office, got out of the car and grabbed the babying about him. Police arrived on the scene and arrested him on the spot.

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Molly Sims, 22, went on the stand and told the jury that after meeting Ross Harris on a dating app, she began sexting with him, and that they sent each other naked pictures. She described their conversations: "We'd talk about everyday things and it would get sexual sometimes." Sims claimed that Ross Harris turned every conversation into one about sex  and that she would try to have non-sexual conversations, but "he would just kind of blow it off or change the subject or make it sexual."

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Jaynie Meadows told the jury that she met Ross Harris on the dating app Scout in 2013, and said that when they began sexting he never mentioned that he was married or that he had a son. During their frequent conversations, she told the jury, Ross Harris complained about his marriage and said that he would leave his wife, Leanna, if they didn't have their son Cooper.

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Elizabeth Smith, 24, told the jury that she and Ross Harris were sexting the day Cooper died, June 18, 2014. She said that at 5:30 am they exchanged explicit text messages where she told him she wanted to perform oral sex on him and he asked her if she could do it that day. Smith told the jury about their history together, saying they had sex for the first time in February 2014 in his car. Smith told the jury that they were sexting constantly from the time they met until the day the baby was left in the hot car to die, according to WSB TV in Georgia.

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Alexandra Swindell, 23, told the jury that she and Ross Harris sent each other nude photos and graphic sexts as well. She was in college when they met. "He picked me up from my dorm room and we drove to some back road and parking and talking and kissing and eventually I performed oral sex on him and then he drove me home," Swindle testified, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Swindell told the jury that Ross Harris told her he had a girlfriend and was engaged, but never told her he was married and never mentioned his baby son. She said that she sent Ross Harris a text on June 18, 2104, they day he left his son Cooper in the car. She said he sent her multiple pictures of his penis.

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Caitlin Hickey Floyd testified that she was sexting with Ross Harris the day that Cooper was left in the hot car to die. She told the jury that Ross Harris told her he was a "sexual freak," and revealed that they sent each other naked pictures of their genitals. Floyd and Ross Harris also sexted on June 18, 2014, beginning at 5:49 am, and continuing on until 2:10 pm. She said he asked her to send naked pictures of her breasts, and she did. She never met Ross Harris in person and told the jury she didn't know about his son dying until she saw it on the news.

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Prostitute Daniela Doerr revealed the bombshell claim that she was paid $125 by Ross Harris for sex three times in the weeks leading up to his son's death. She told the jury he was "very relaxed" when they met for sex, and described him as "dumpy." She slammed his looks, saying, "He just took no care in his appearance."

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Jacqueline Robledo told the jury she was only 19 when she met Ross Harris online and that their conversations  "immediately went sexual." She said they had sex one time and then he told her he had been "caught." Ross Harris also told her that he was "hooking up with a guy," on vacation, she claimed.

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A 16-year-old girl told the jury that she sent Ross Harris naked pictures of her breasts, and that he sent her four pictures of his genitals during the year they sexted. Another underage girl took the stand, too, but because both were minors when he was communicating with them, their testimony was not recorded. Prosecutors claimed that Ross Harris was leading a "double life" by sexting at least nine women, including some on the very day his son was left in the hot car to die.

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In his interrogation video, Ross Harris described leaving the Chick-Fil-A restaurant with Cooper in the car seat, driving to his office instead of the child's daycare. "I think that's what got me," he said. "Today I was careless. I went straight to work. … I didn't even hear him because he probably went to sleep."

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Ross Harris chillingly described what transpired. "As I was driving down Akers Mill I caught a glimpse of him when I looked to the right when I was changing lanes. I thought I was seeing things. Then I lost it." He said he tried to give the 22-month-old CPR but he "couldn't compose" himself in order to perform the life-saving technique. "I saw him laying there. He had that stare on his face. I knew he was gone," he said. "His eyes were open half-way. He wasn't breathing. He didn't have a pulse. ... I knew what I had done."

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The prosecution showed the jurors a video of Cooper's mother, Leanna Harris, meeting her husband in the interrogation room just hours after the baby died. She was not crying and said to him, "Can I ask you a weird question? Do you want to have more kids?" and he responded "Absolutely, I want to have more kids. Just because we lost one child, it doesn't mean we can't have anymore. I want a family. We have a family."

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The jury found Ross Harris guilty on all eight counts, including felony murder for leaving Cooper Harris in the hot car to die. The judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole on December 5, 2016.

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