Police: Dad intentionally left child in hot car

Justin Ross Harris
Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, sits for his bond hearing in Cobb County Magistrate Court, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff, Pool)

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – Friends and family say a Georgia man who’s accused of leaving his son in a hot SUV was a loving father who was devastated by his son’s death.

But a prosecutor argued during a three-hour hearing Thursday that 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris was unhappy in his marriage and intentionally left the child in the vehicle where he died.

Harris faces child cruelty and murder charges in the June 18 death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. Police say the child was left in a vehicle for about seven hours on a day when temperatures in the Atlanta area reached at least into the high 80s.

After hearing evidence presented by the prosecution, a judge in an Atlanta suburb declined to grant Harris bond.

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