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POLICE: Man whose child died in Georgia. car returned to the vehicle on his lunch break, death called a homicide

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Justin Harris is charged with murder after leaving his 22-month old in a hot vehicle in Georgia. Justin Harris is charged with murder after leaving his 22-month old in a hot vehicle in Georgia.
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COBB COUNTY, GA -

A former Tuscaloosa man is facing upgraded charges after authorities discovered that he returned to the car that his child died in during his work day.

Justin Ross Harris, formerly of Tuscaloosa, was charged with first-degree cruelty to a child and felony murder last week, after his 22-month-old son was left in the back of his car for more than seven hours. Harris told authorities that he had forgotten the child was in the car.

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A new warrant for Harris upgrades the first-degree cruelty to a child charge to second-degree cruelty to a child. The warrant also alleges that Harris placed an object in his vehicle through the driver's side door during his lunch break that day. At 4:16 p.m., Harris pulled over at a shopping center asking for assistance with the child.

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This afternoon, the Cobb County Medical Examiner's office also told the Associated Press that the child died of hyperthermia, and that the child's manner of death was a homicide.

Harris is being held without bond at the Cobb County Jail.

A funeral for 22-month-old Cooper Harris will take place this weekend in Tuscaloosa.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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