Harris will have the opportunity to plead not guilty but there’s no requirement he do so. Defendants are often not even in the courtroom for arraignments.
Two-year-old Cooper Harris died June 18 in a Home Depot office parking lot where his father works. Ross Harris was supposed to take his son to day care on his way to work that day but, after stopping for breakfast at a Chick-fil-A, he strapped Cooper into his car seat and drove instead to his office, leaving the child inside the family’s Hyundai Tucson. Temperatures inside the SUV rose to more than 100 degrees during the day, police say.