Cooper Harris, Toddler Left To Die In Hot Car 'Had Injuries Indicating He May Have Tried To Free Himself'

07/07/2014 11:36 | Updated 07 July 2014

Cooper Harris died after enduring temperatures topping 90 degrees in Atlanta, Georgia, last month.

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Temperatures were topping 90 degrees when Cooper Harris died

Harris denies the charges and insists he left the little boy in the family car by accident, having forgotten to drop him off at daycare and continued to work.

On Thursday Cobb County Police Department Detective Phil Stoddard told a court several injuries had been found on the toddler’s body.

Justin Ross Harris says he forgot his son was still in the car. He has been charged with murder

It adds: “The details that emerged from Stoddard’s testimony paint a harrowing picture of Cooper’s final moments, which the little boy possibly spent scratching his face with his nails and squirming to escape from the car seat.”

Arrest warrants released on the same day state the car seat was set to its lowest level, meaning Cooper would have been strapped in as tightly as possible.

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Leanna, Justin and Cooper Harris

Last week it was also revealed Harris was exchanging nude photos with as many as six women as his son perished.

Det Stoddard said Harris had virtually been leading a double life and had intended to kill Cooper.

He also revealed Harris and his wife Leanna had two life insurance policies for the toddler, totalling $27,000.

Harris is also alleged to have viewed websites which advocated against having children, and performed internet searches for “how to survive in prison”.

Investigators say CCTV reveals Harris returning to his car midday to put something into the car – arguing he would have noticed Cooper was there.

The 33-year-old was refused bond and will remain in jail until the trial

Leanna has not been identified as a suspect in Cooper’s death.

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