Donors to Harris family via PayPal will get refunds

PayPal will issue refunds to those that used its service to donate to the family of Justin Ross Harris, who is accused of leaving his infant son to bake to death in the parking lot of a Home Depot office building.

Soon after Harris was arrested June 18 for the alleged murder of his 22-month-old infant, Cooper, the Harris family began a fundraising campaign through the online fundraising site YouCaring.com.

PayPal said Friday that it’s begun giving cash back to all the folks who donated through the service.

A company spokesman, noted that not every donor can expet a refund. “YouCaring accepts donations through multiple payment platforms, so we will be issuing refunds only to those who used PayPal to donate,” Adriana Higuera said in an email.

YouCaring.com took down the Harris family’s donation site after revelations that Ross Harris had searched the Internet for information about children’s deaths in hot cars. At that point more than $20,000 had been donated.

The site is aware of “the sensitive matter involving the Harris family” and does not take sides in legal matters, spokesman Michael Blasco said in a statement.

“The campaign was recently removed from the site so that the controversy and debate surrounding the Harris matter did not become a distraction to the millions of other donors participating in a wide variety of active fundraisers currently taking place in our community,” Blasco said.

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