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Dad Charged in Son's Hot-Car Death Asked About Life Insurance: Warrant

New search warrants reveal Justin Ross Harris, of Marietta, Georgia, had asked family members about cashing in on his son's life insurance.

Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia father accused of murdering his toddler by leaving him in a sweltering SUV, had asked family members how to cash in on the boy’s life insurance policies, investigators said. The disturbing detail was revealed in search warrants released Friday.

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A judge denied the Marietta man bond on Thursday. Prosecutors laid out a possible motive for why Harris allegedly left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in the car while he was at work June 18. A detective testified that Harris was unhappy in his marriage, had been sexting with other women and had visited websites about the “child-free” life. Harris and his wife had taken out two life insurance policies on Cooper, for $2,000 and $25,000. The search warrants also revealed that Harris had about $4,000 in credit card debt, and on the day that his son was found dead, he had earlier returned to his car after lunch — something he failed to tell investigators.



— Gabe Gutierrez and Erik Ortiz