New details are emerging, which then clarify what it is that the police officer hinted upon...Dana Pierce is quoted:
"I've been in law enforcement for 34 years. What I know about this case shocks my conscience as a police officer, a father and a grandfather."
Justin Ross Harris, 33, is still being held and may see additional charges coming his way.
The father who claimed to have "forgotten" that he left his son in the car while he did a 7 hour shift at Home Depot had:
1. Checked the vehicle at lunch hour
2. A Computer search with "how long will it take for an animal to die in the car"
Police will now have to consider a possible insurance policy, divorce revenge, and a host of other possible motives.
We had but one short sentence for analysis which did cause concern:
The quote, "I've killed our child!" is hearsay. It is what an eyewitness reported to the police regarding the 22 month old little boy who was allegedly left in the vehicle for 7 hours while the father went to work.
The Statement Analysis is presuming this to be his quote. If it is not, the analysis should not be applied to this case.
It is very difficult to believe that someone could prep a toddler into a car seat and "forget" for 7 hours that the toddler was in the vehicle, while going in to work. Interviews with co workers, and surveillance tape are critical.
Here are some analysis notes on the short quote:
"I've killed our child"
1. May be an embedded confession. Embedded confession is when someone frames the words that the guilty mind thinks, though not intending to confess. Innocent people often avoid these words. Sometimes readers confuse language entry.
Language Entry is when a subject enters the language of someone else.
Police: "You killed your child!"
Subject: "You think I killed my child?"
Here, the subject is not confessing, but literally entering or using the language of another.
"They think I killed my child" is to report what others "think."
The word "child" and not "baby, son, kid, etc" (including name or nickname of toddler) is associated with risk. Child abuse, child molester, child pornography, child protective services, and so on, are words that are associated with children at risk. This can enter the language when someone perceives risk, or when someone is considering child abuse.
It may be that the child was abused.
It may be that the subject was abused in childhood. When a subject refers to himself as "child" in recollection, it is a strong signal of abuse, which, if so, is 80% likely linked to childhood sexual abuse.
We note the word "child" in all statements to explore for child abuse.
The overwhelming number of biological parents will say "my" child, taking ownership of the child. When someone "shares" ownership, such as "our" child, there is a reason.
a. Two parents together, speaking as one.
b. The parents are adoptive, or foster parents
c. There is a step parent involved (or someone acting in the role of step parent)
d. There is divorce in discussion between parents and they are already thinking/talking of sharing custody
e. When a child has bad behavior, or poor grades, there is sometimes a desire to avoid "my"
f. There is a need to share guilt.
We do not know if this is his statement, but if it is, there are things to explore in the interview process, beyond the simple "I forgot" type of investigation (substance abuse, mental health, developmental disabilities, etc).
If indeed this was premeditated, the "our" in the sentence may be due to the desire to share guilt.