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Warrants: Police seize father's electronics, son's medical records

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Warrants were released on Monday indicating that Cobb County Police plan to search electronic devices belonging to Justin Harris, the father accused of leaving his son to die in a hot car last month.

Cooper, 22 months old, died on June 18 after Harris left him in his car for hours while he went to work.

The items police requested include Harris' computer, hard drives and cell phone.

"There's no such thing as a delete, and so there's no such thing as being able to delete searches, delete videos and things like that," said Latonia Hines, a prosecutor with the Cobb County solicitor's office. "There's a way to have it recovered. It could be in searching all these different things, you may find something that somebody thought they got rid of." 

Harris told police he took his son to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast then forgot to drop him off at daycare. He went back to his car at lunch but it's unclear if he saw the toddler at that time. Harris said he noticed his son as he drove home from work, pulled over and called for help.

Documents also show investigators have requested the medical records of Harris' son. Hines said those records could also be key in the investigation.

"If for some reason, there is proof that there's been past abuse or things like that, that's relevant," Hines said. "That's relevant because it shows you're not opposed to hurting the child."

New questions are centering on whether Harris' wife, Leanna, knew her husband allegedly planned to leave their son in his car. Police said she told them like her husband, she researched how long it takes a child to die in a hot car.

"As a prosecutor, you're going to try to figure out did she have any knowledge about what's going on," Hines said. "If you're saying that he should have known the child was in the back, you're also going to try to figure out whether she knew something about it."

A judge denied Harris bond last week and he remains in the Cobb County jail. The district attorney will present the case to a grand jury in the weeks ahead.

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