Prosecutor: Georgia dad let son die in hot SUV to 'escape'

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Georgia man intentionally left his toddler son to die in a hot SUV as he sought to escape the responsibilities of family life and focus on sexual liaisons with prostitutes and young women — even teenagers — he met online, a prosecutor told jurors as the father's murder trial opened Monday.

Justin Ross Harris, 35, is charged with malice murder and other crimes in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The case captured national attention two years ago after authorities revealed the father had been sending lewd messages to a woman as his son sweltered for seven hours in a parking lot outside Harris' metro Atlanta workplace.

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