Father won't attend funeral of boy left in hot car

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Investigators say the man charged in the hot car death of his son won't be allowed to attend the boy's funeral on Saturday.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, is charged with murder and second-degree cruelty to a child in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. Harris told investigators that he forgot to drop the boy off at daycare on his way to work on June 18.

WARRANT: Read the criminal warrant for Justin Harris

According to jail officials, Harris did not formally request permission to attend his son's funeral in Alabama on Saturday.

Harris' attorney disputes that, claiming he was told that his client wouldn't be able to attend the funeral regardless. The attorney says he also asked the police department for copies of photographs of Cooper off computers that were seized during the investigation. The police department denied that request.

"We must preserve the integrity of the evidence and chain of custody in this case," Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman state in a statement.

More information on the case could be released over the next 48 hours. According to the clerk's office, the applications for a total of 11 search warrants will be released this weekend. The warrants will not spell out what police actually found or seized, but they will include information about their theory of the crime and what specifically they were looking for.

Harris will remain locked up at least until his probable cause hearing on July 3.

Little Cooper's funeral will be held Saturday in Tuscaloosa, where Ross and his wife, Leanna, were married in 2006.

Ross Harris attended the University of Alabama from 2009 to 2012. The family moved to the Atlanta area when Ross Harris took a job with Home Depot.

In an obituary published on Thursday, the family stated that "Cooper was loved and cherished and protected by both parents and all family members for his short 22 months of life. He was a happy baby." The obituary also stated that Cooper loved trucks and cars.

Home Depot's charity, The Homer Fund, has donated $10,000 to the family to help pay for funeral expenses. The family has asked for donations to the Homer Fund in lieu of flowers.


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