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Dad charged in hot car death of son had search of how long it takes animal to die in hot car on work computer

Justin Ross Harris

Justin Ross Harris

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Police seized computers from the office of the father of a 22-month-old Georgia boy who died after being left for hours in a hot SUV, and found an Internet search for “how long does it take for an animal to die in a hot car,” a source with knowledge of the investigation into the boy’s death told HLN’s Nancy Grace.

It is unclear when the Internet search was made or if the father was using the computer at the time of the search.

The father, Justin Ross Harris, is charged with murder and second degree child cruelty.

Harris said he was horrified to discover after leaving work last week that he had left his toddler strapped into his car seat on a day of sweltering heat.

On Wednesday, investigators released new information that sheds light on why they charged Harris with murder and cruelty to a child in the death of his son.

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