Prosecutor: Mother left son inside hot car intentionally

Prosecutors say Lillian Stone, 24, intended to kill her son after leaving him inside a hot car for more than seven hours.
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Prosecutors say Lillian Stone, 24, intended to kill her son after leaving him inside a hot car for more than seven hours.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office � 2017 Cox Media Group. � 2017 Cox Media Group.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office � 2017 Cox Media Group. � 2017 Cox Media Group.

Home security video contradicted claims by the mother of a 3-year-old boy who died after being left inside a hot car for more than seven hours, a Fulton County police detective testified Tuesday.

Lillian Stone told Det. Jamie Gore she left her son, Melvin, inside the car around 12:20 p.m. on Halloween, but security footage from Stone’s home shows the child had been inside the vehicle since a little after 8 a.m.

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“She wasn’t counting on, or she didn’t know, there was surveillance video,” said prosecutor Michael Sprinkel. “With the inconsistencies in her statement, it does not appear this was simply an accident.”

Stone is charged with malice murder, felony murder and one count of cruelty to children. The judge granted Stone a bond of $75,000 over the state’s objections.

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Members of the mother??€™s family, including her best friend, stood outside the Fulton County Jail to defend her.

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