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Georgia dad charged with 'malice murder' in toddler's hot car death

Georgia dad charged with 'malice murder' in toddler's hot car death

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Sep 4, 2014

Justin Ross Harris has been indicted on eight counts -- including malice murder -- in the hot car death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.

Alongside two counts of felony murder, "The other five charges are: first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children, criminal attempt to commit a felony (sexual exploitation of a minor) and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors," CNN reports.

The prosecution has painted Harris as an unfaithful husband who wanted to live a single life, and without a child.

"According to the indictment, the grand jury found that on June 18, Harris 'did unlawfully, and with malice aforethought, cause the death of Cooper Harris ... by placing said Cooper Harris into a child car seat and leaving him alone in a hot motor vehicle'," CNN further reports. "The criminal attempt to commit a felony and dissemination of harmful materials charges are not related directly to Cooper's death. They involve allegations that Harris requested a nude photo of a minor's genitalia and sent the same minor [a teenage girl] descriptions of 'sexual excitement and sexual conduct,' according to the indictment."

Harris has been held without bond since his little boy's death on June 18. He pleaded not guilty to murder and child cruelty charges in June.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.