'Childfree' forum closed after hot car death hearing

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  • The subreddit 'childfree' is for people who do not want to have children
  • Justin Ross Harris allegedly visited the site before the death of his son
'Childfree' forum closed after hot car death hearing

Father charged in hot car death, calls into son's funeral

Father charged in hot car death, calls into son's funeral

A forum that advocated child-free living has been made private after being associated with Georgia defendant Justin Ross Harris during his probable cause hearing last Thursday.

Harris is currently behind bars after being denied bond in the hearing. The 33-year-old was arrested on June 18, the same day his 22 month-year-old son died after having been left in Harris' car for seven hours. Harris has been charged with felony murder and second-degree cruelty to a child.

Read more: What's next for Justin Ross Harris?

According to Detective Phil Stoddard, the lead investigator for the prosecution, Harris visited a forum called "childfree" -- which is part of popular Internet forum Reddit -- prior to his son's death. The forum's status was changed to "private" July 3 after it was mentioned in the the hearing. The page was also updated with a message from the moderators, which reads, "Links of interest to childfree individuals. "Childfree" refers to those who do not have, and do not ever want, children (whether biological or adopted)."

Watch more: How could a child be left in a hot car?

Stoddard also said that Harris visited a Reddit page about "people that die," which showed graphic videos of people's deaths, but he did not specify which page it was.

HLN's attempts to reach Reddit for comment have been unsuccessful.

Prior to Thursday's hearing, search warrants released by police revealed that Harris had used the Internet to research child deaths inside vehicles prior to June 18. Harris also told authorities that he had forgotten to drop his son, Cooper, off at daycare outside Atlanta, Georgia, before going to work that day.

The medical examiner found Cooper's cause of death was "consistent with hyperthermia."

Harris will have to go before a grand jury for the next stage of his case. The date of his next court appearance is still forthcoming.

 

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