“Ross was a wonderful father, and he loved Cooper with all of his heart,” Leanna Harris wrote in a questionnaire sent to her by the Cobb district attorney’s office. “Because I saw how he treasured our little boy for 22 months, I know without a doubt he would never have knowingly allowed any harm to come to our son.”
In the document, called a crime victim impact statement, Leanna Harris described how her life has been affected since her son died.
Ross Harris was charged with child cruelty and felony murder after authorities say Cooper was strapped in a car seat for seven hours outside of the Home Depot office where Harris worked. Harris, who has maintained his innocence, has remained in the Cobb County jail since his son died June 18.
After Harris’ bond and probable cause hearing, speculation turned toward Leanna Harris after a detective said she was heard asking Harris if he “said too much” while he was being questioned about their boy’s death.
She said in the questionnaire the “rush to judgment by the public and the mainstream media has left me with little confidence in our legal system and our society.”
During the same hearing, testimony was given that allegedly Justin Ross Harris had been unfaithful in his marriage and was sending explicit photos to other women on the day Cooper died.
In the questionnaire, Leanna Harris wrote, “Whatever issues that transpired in our marriage is between God and us, for He will judge those moral sins.”
Former District Attorney Tom Charron said Georgia law allows crime victims to prepare a victim impact statement that can be presented in court during a trial or sentencing of a case.
He said Leanna Harris is considered a potential crime victim because her child may have been murdered.
“It’s what anybody wants to read into it,” said Charron, who went on to say the documents don’t infer whether or not Leanna Harris will be charged in her son’s death.
Kim Isaza, the spokesperson for District Attorney Vic Reynolds, said sending the questionnaire was standard procedure: “We are required by the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights to send those forms to all victims or a victim’s next of kin, and it is standard procedure in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office to do so.”
Leanna Harris wrote she is undergoing counseling for grief and depression and believes she will need treatment for the rest of her life.
She said she has moved out of state and her job has been impacted.
“I had to transfer my job to Alabama,” Leanna Harris wrote. “My return to work has been delayed due to the media hounding me. I did lose a consulting job I have had in Alabama for four years due to the media. As of 8/1/14, I have been out of work for 43 days.”
She also described her grief: “Some days I completely break down because I miss my baby and my family so much. August 2nd would have been my precious boy’s 2nd birthday.”