Cooper Harris, not yet 2 years old, is dead.
His father, Ross Harris, buckled him into the back of the car and drove to work, 'forgetting' his son was there. When he came out, 7 hours later, the child was dead. Harris screamed, "I killed our child!"
We noted that he used the pronoun, "our" in his cry. The overwhelming number of biological parents use the pronoun "my", unless they have a reason to share responsibility or guilt. We have seen "our" child when both parents are together, speaking as one, but in general, the word "my" is used. (A couple who are discussing divorce may begin to use "our" in their language.)
We also noted he used the word "child" and not "son" in his cry. The word "child" is often associated with risk, such as "child abuse" or "child molestation" in language.
These two indicators led us to believe that Harris' story was not genuine, thus, the analysis was posted. The word "our" shows a need to 'share' something.
Was it guilt he was sharing?
Next, we learned that a police officer was skeptical about Harris, but held his tongue. This further strengthened the opinion that his cry was disingenuous.
The next day we learned that Harris had gone out to the vehicle at lunch time, and that he had researched how long an animal would live in a hot car.
At the funeral, his wife spoke. Leanna Harris said, ""Am I angry with Ross? Absolutely not. It has never crossed my mind. Ross is and was and will be, if we have more children, a wonderful father. Ross is a wonderful daddy and leader for our household. Cooper meant the world to him."
Leanna Ross also told police that she researched how long an animal (or a child?) would survive in a car.
Was it guilt that Ross Harris was sharing when he said "our" child?
Police should be very interested in the quote above, spoken at the funeral of Cooper.
She is not angry with her husband. This, itself, is not expected. Even the 'accident' of forgetting her son, should provoke anger.
She says he is a "wonderful" father, with "wonderful" being hyperbole, somewhat (now) expected since leaving her son would be neglectful, to those around her. Hyperbole in parenthood is often an indicator of abuse, especially when one calls oneself a "wonderful" parent. We saw this with Billie Jean Dunn. She was not, in her language a "good" mother, but called herself a "wonderful" mother. This is more common among substance abuse mothers who often call themselves "wonderful" in motherhood, particularly when entering rehabilitation services, during the intake process.
He is a wonderful "father" and then a wonderful "daddy."
The "father" is in regards to having more children.
The "daddy" is for "our" household.
The change in her language is noted.
Yet, the word that jumps out at me is the word "leader" in her statement.
Every household has a leader, even when people say it is "50/50" simply because one or other will dominate when a disagreement arises.
Look at the context:
Ross is a "leader" to "our family" spoken while at the funeral of her son. If he was the "leader", she was the follower. Leaders must be trusted to be followed.
What did Ross take the lead on?
Who is the "family", now that there is no children?
Did they not have a baby sitter and they felt that they had done sufficient internet research to know how long they could let Cooper sleep safely in the car, only to have it backfire? This would be the most benevolent of excuses.
|Cooper deserved a shot at life|
Or, was there more to this?
Remember Justin DiPietro? He bought insurance against one of his two children, and, surprise, surprise, 6 weeks later, she went missing.
Did Justin "Ross" Harris take the "lead" and want to start with a clean slate (no kids) since he was not earning much money for the family? Did they decide to "place him in Heaven" so as to "spare" him the troubles of this world? We've heard this before, too.
Whatever it is, the above statement should be of great interest to the police in investigating the death of little Cooper Harris. I would not be surprised to learn of some severe mental health issues between these two.