US prosecutors say a man unhappy in his marriage exchanged nude photos with several women as his son died in a hot vehicle.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, faces murder and child cruelty charges over the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper, who police say was left in a vehicle for seven hours on a day when temperatures in the Atlanta area reached at least into the high 80s.
The medical examiner’s office said the boy died of hyperthermia – essentially overheating – and it has called his death murder.
During a three-hour hearing, prosecutor Chuck Boring questioned a police detective, outlining evidence he said proves Harris intentionally left his young boy in the hot SUV on June 18.
But defence lawyer Maddox Kilgore argued the evidence was insufficient and that the boy’s death was an accident.
Friends and family say Harris was a devoted and loving father.