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No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

Created: 09/24/2014 1:52 PM
By: KATE BRUMBACK

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty for a Georgia man whose toddler son died after he was left in a hot vehicle.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Wednesday he won't seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris.

Harris faces multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates prosecutors intend to prove Harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son Cooper to die in the hot car.

The eight-count indictment also includes charges related to sexually explicit exchanges prosecutors say Harris had with an underage girl.

Harris has told police he was supposed to drive his son to day care the morning of June 18 but forgot the child was in the SUV and drove to work.

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