In Statement Analysis, we flag hyperbole in parenthood as a warning for child abuse.
For Justin Ross Harris, we now learn that the prosecutor is alleging that Justin wanted a "child free" life and was "sexting" while his child was slowly dying in the hot vehicle.
He did searches on how long a child can survive in a vehicle, as well as how to survive prison, perhaps anticipating that he might not get away with his plan.
"During an interview with Justin, he stated that he recently researched, through the internet, child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for that to occur. Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen," the warrants said.
We looked at his statement of "I've killed our child" using the unexpected "our", which is not the norm for a biological parent to use. It signaled possible need to share guilt.
He may have had a teenaged girlfriend, to whom he was sexting. When he was told he was being charged, he said, "But there was no malicious intent." This may be the language of research.
They had a $25,000 life insurance policy on Cooper, who was not 2 years of age. A second policy was also purchased which would have given an additional $2,000 to the Harris family.
He was cheating on his wife, and she knew this, even while she defended him during the funeral in her bizarre statement.
He sent a picture of his privates to his 16 year old girlfriend, while his son was dying in the car. He had at least 6 different women he was corresponding with.
This is the man that his wife called "wonderful" and hid behind religious language.
When he pulled over with the child, police arrived. He was told by an officer to get off the phone, but refused twice, cursing at police.
I expect that she will face charges as well, even as she publicly showed her support for him. She is alleged to have said, "Did you say too much?" when he was arrested.
When the child was not at Day Care, Leanna said,
"Ross must have left him in the car. There is no other explanation. Ross must have left him in the car."
Most people could think of other explanations.
Police learned that he went to the car during the day from surveillance video.
When he arrived at work, he backed up his car, so he would have had to use his rear view or side view mirrors and turned around. He sat in the vehicle for 30 seconds before exiting.
The child was alert and fine when they stopped for food. 30 or 40 seconds later was the stop light to turn to the Day Care. He said he "forgot" because the child fell asleep.
This means the child would have had to have fallen asleep in 30 to 40 seconds from being "alert" and eating.
Leanna Harris also researched the same topics online.
Thus it appears pre-mediation, wanting to be free of having a child, as well as profiting on his death, with two polices totaling $27,000.