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The toddler’s mother, Leanna Harris, was interviewed by police the night her son died, Officer Mike Bowman said in a news conference Wednesday evening.
The autopsy results were released one week after Cooper was pronounced dead in the parking lot of a metro Atlanta shopping center. The toddler’s death has brought national attention to the case, as well as a sharply divided debate over whether the felony charges against Harris are appropriate.
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“Let us do our job,” Bowman said. “Let us get the information out there. Don’t be so quick to judge.”
In a letter released to the media Wednesday afternoon, Cobb Police Chief John Houser addressed the investigation, but did not cite specifics.
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“I understand that tragic accidents similar to this one do occur and in most cases the parent simply made a mistake that cost them the life of their child,” Houser wrote. This investigation, although similar in nature to others, must be weighed on its own merit and the facts that lead our detectives to charge the father must be presented at the appropriate time during the judicial process.”