A father accused of leaving his toddler in a hot car for a whole day has been charged with murder.
Justin Ross Harris was charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree, WSBTV reports.
On Thursday the 33-year-old was being held at the Cobb County Jail with no bond.
Police say Harris was supposed to take his 22-month-old son Cooper to daycare on Wednesday but went straight to work instead.
Harris says he was on his way home from work when he realised his son was still in the vehicle.
Temperatures in Atlanta, Georgia were topping 90 degrees when the tragic incident occurred.
Dale Hamilton witnessed Harris stopping his car across two lanes of traffic and attempting to revive his son.
He told KPHO: “He pulled him out of the car seat, laid him on the ground and was trying to resuscitate him.
The channel says Harris had to be restrained by police as he was so distraught.
Within 10 minutes of being inside a closed vehicle, temperatures can rise an average of 19 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds consulted with investigators before an arrest warrant was issued for Harris.
He told New/Talk WSB: "It's just a terrible, God-awful situation. I can't imagine, I can't fathom what any parent would be going through at this stage. It's the type of case that affects the community."Suggest a correction