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Ex-wife: Dad didn't mean to kill toddler in hot car

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 17, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

ATLANTA — The ex-wife of a 36-year-old Georgia man convicted of murder for leaving their toddler son to die inside a hot SUV says she still believes "it was an accident."

Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty in November. His son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris, died after being left for hours in the SUV outside his father's workplace.

Harris' ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, told ABC's "20/20" in an interview airing Friday that she "never" believed he meant to kill their son.

Taylor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV her son is "seen as a child that wasn't loved and wasn't wanted, and that just wasn't true."

Taylor moved from metro Atlanta to Alabama after Cooper's death. She testified in Harris' defense at his trial.

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richlin04211114 says... February 17, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.

Even if he did not mean to kill the child, he expressed a total lack of concern for his own child, by leaving him in the car. This man deserves to spend the rest of his live in prison.

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JimBear says... February 17, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.

I have read a lot of these cases how some get life and some get a few years and then there is 1case of a judge in Hot Springs Arkansas left his child in the hot car said he forgot and he didn't serve any time. Something wrong with our system.

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libertas2u says... February 17, 2017 at 8 p.m.

And here in Arkansas we have a juvenile court judge that did the same thing and was acquitted of a misdemeanor and he is back on the bench. Guess if you're a judge it's OK, a young father you go to prison for life. Someone needs to take up a collection for that young man to get a decent lawyer and cite the case in Arkansas.

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BEARTRAP919 says... February 17, 2017 at 9:49 p.m.

Connections are very Important, Money and Connections are much better than either one by itself, Justice in America is anything but in Many Cases. Maybe It is time for the Laws to by Updated in America, There sure is little Justice, according to many papers I read about Many different cases in different places, and the Penalties and lack of penalty being handed out.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 18, 2017 at 8:26 a.m.

Had he been a judge in AR, he would have gotten off with no jail time

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florise27 says... February 22, 2017 at 12:02 p.m.

Oh but there is another judge--who will judge fairly and righteously. We, as people, will lift up one, and put down another for the same crime. Who made us to be judge anyway when we can't honestly discern between what's right and what's wrong? But still we decree destiny over another person's life in unfairness. Who will we one day give an account of ourselves to? Who will judge us? Oh, we will be judged.

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