NEW DEVELOPMENT: WSB-TV reports a new warrant outlines details in the charges against a Cobb County father accused of leaving his child in a hot car.
The warrant was filed Wednesday, changing his charges from first- to second-degree child cruelty. He is also charged with murder.
According to the warrant, Justin Ross Harris placed his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in a rear-facing car seat after they ate Chick-Fil-A near his office the morning of June 19. Harris then drove the short distance to his office, the warrant said.
The warrant also says Harris was seen going out to his car and opening the driver's door to place something in his car at lunch.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting
that the father of a 22-month-old toddler found dead in the back of an SUV last week knew the child had been left in the vehicle. That's according to a Cobb County public safety official speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Tuesday.
That information differs from Justin Ross Harris' initial statements to Cobb police, including that he mistakenly left his son in his car seat while he went to work last week. Harris, 33, of Marietta, said he only realized the boy, Cooper Mills Harris, was in the backseat when he was driving away from his job at a Home Depot corporate office, police said at the scene.
On Wednesday afternoon, Cooper was pronounced dead in the parking lot of an Akers Mill Road shopping center, where Harris drove after noticing his son still strapped in to his carseat.
Earlier Tuesday, Cobb County police declined to discuss whether the investigation has expanded beyond the toddler's father. But police say the investigation into Cooper's death continues to evolve, and is far from over.
"This is a very active, very fluid investigation," Officer Mike Bowman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday. "Our detectives have worked tirelessly to resolve the leads in this case. They are doing due diligence."Click here to read the full story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution