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Mom Researched Hot Car Deaths Before Child Died, Police Say

New warrants also say the boy's father made similar searches because he was worried that his son would be the victim of being left in a hot car.
Posted at 2:29 PM, Jun 29, 2014

Police in Georgia are now saying the mom of the little boy who died in a hot car earlier this month made an online search similar to her husband's before their child's death.

Police say Leanna Harris admitted to searching information related to toddlers and the dangers of hot cars. This comes after recent headlines saying that her husband, Ross, did the same thing.

According to new warrants, Ross Harris made the searches because he says he was worried the same thing would happen to his son, Cooper. Police haven't said when he looked up the information.

WGCL points out the new information comes just one day after 22-month-old Cooper's funeral. The station reports Leanna Harris has not been charged with any crimes.

Ross Harris was charged this week with murder and second-degree cruelty to a child. Harris told police he forgot his son was in the back seat.

And while his wife voiced support at Cooper's funeral saying she's not mad at him for what happened, WXIA reports support from others is waning.

That's because new information has led more people to think the drive wasn't long enough for him to forget his son was there. Harris told police he stopped for breakfast with Cooper at a restaurant just minutes away from where he works. Harris then says he drove into work — forgetting to drop his son off at day care.

Police also say Harris went back to his car during lunch to put something inside. Harris says he used the driver's side door. His son was in the back in a rear-facing car seat. (Via WAGA)

The medical examiner's office says Cooper's death is "consistent with hyperthermia," but it's still waiting for the results of a toxicology test before the cause of death is verified.