Jennifer Leslie, WXIA 1
MARIETTA, Ga. — A new batch of search warrant applications released early Friday add more details to disturbing testimony from Thursday's probable cause hearing for Ross Harris. A judge denied bond for Harris, who faces charges of felony murder and second degree child cruelty for the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper, who was left in the back of his father's SUV for 7 hours on June 18.
The newly-released court documents include the following allegations, as set forward by Cobb Police:
Harris was interviewed shortly after his son was pronounced dead. "During the interview, Harris stated that leaving his son in a hot car was his biggest fear. According to Harris, he recently viewed a television show concerning child deaths in cars. He also stated that he researched the issue of deaths in cars on the Internet."
Harris was questioned about Cooper's car seat. "Harris knew the specific make and model of the seat and what the weight limit was for the child to be seated in it. When the seat was inspected, the straps for the seat were set on the lowest level for a small child."
Harris told police he recently took over the finances for the family. "According to Harris, he has acquired some credit card debt, around $4,000 in order to acquire air line miles. Harris currently has outstanding student loans and car loans, for him and his wife."
"Harris also claimed that he was happily married. Nonetheless, evidence of inappropriate sexual communications with other women has been obtained."
Leanna Harris, the wife of Ross Harris and mother of Cooper, was also interviewed by Cobb Police. "She also made a similar statement that this was her worst fear. Investigators questioned her further about this. Leanna stated specifically that her fear was that her child would be left in a hot vehicle, not the fear of losing a child."
"Through the investigation Harris has made comments to family members regarding a life insurance policy that he was on Cooper and what they need to do in order to file it."
The new warrants, which were issued a week after Cooper's death, also detail what detectives found when reviewing surveillance video of the parking lot at Home Depot, where he worked in the IT department.
"Harris is seen pulling into the parking lot of his work the morning of the incident," the search warrant application reads. "Harris passes a parking space, backs the vehicle up several feet and then pulls into a parking space near the back of the lot."
The document backs up the testimony of Detective Phil Stoddard on Thursday, who said Harris never told police he returned to his vehicle during lunch time to place an item inside it. Police found out by checking surveillance video.
The new warrant applications were granted for Harris' Dell Computer Tower, Google Chromecast, MacBook Pro Laptop, Lenovo Think Pad, Apple MacBook, Apple iPad and iPhone.
Those warrants show police plan to search for "information pertaining to finances, credit card debt, business information, life insurance, emails/communication regard child, wife and family issues, photos/videos of the child to show development, information about car seat searches, searches regarding in-car deaths, communications with other people on the days leading up to and the incident date, information on life insurance policies and any other information related to this incident."