Lawyer: Mom in hot car death case passed polygraph

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Posted: Sep 22, 2014 3:38 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman whose husband is charged with murder in the death of their toddler son in a hot vehicle passed a polygraph test in which she was asked about whether she knew her husband would leave the child in the vehicle, her lawyer said Monday.

Leanna Harris' lawyer, Lawrence Zimmerman, said in an emailed statement that he hired a licensed veteran polygraph administrator and former law enforcement officer to administer the test to Harris on July 16. Harris passed the test with no indication of deception, he said.

Zimmerman said Harris responded "no" to each of the following questions during the polygraph test:

— Prior to June 18th, did you know that your husband would leave your son in that vehicle?

— Did you plan or arrange with your husband to leave your son in that vehicle?

— Did your husband tell you that he was going to leave your son in that vehicle?

Police have questioned Leanna Harris, but she faces no charges in the case.

A Cobb County grand jury earlier this month indicted Justin Ross Harris on multiple charges including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that prosecutors intend to prove Harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in the hot SUV to die.

Justin Ross Harris has told police he was supposed to drive his son to day care the morning of June 18 but drove to work instead and didn't remember the child was in back until he was driving to meet friends after work.