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Attorney: Leanna Harris not a suspect in son's hot car death

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The attorney for Leanna Harris is hopeful his client may now be getting some of the vindication she deserves.

Attorney Lawrence Zimmerman says the victim impact statement sent to his client by the Cobb County District Attorney shows that law enforcement is not considering her a suspect death of her son, Cooper.

In the impact statement, Leanna Harris writes, "The death of my son is still unreal. Not a moment goes by when I don't think about him or what our future would have held. The amount of grief this has caused is indefinable, it cannot be explained in words or emotions. I now live a tortured existence. I depend on my Lord for strength and guidance."

The toddler died from after being locked inside his father's SUV for 7 hours a little more than a month ago .

Cooper's father, Ross Harris, has been charged with child cruelty murder and is being held without bond in Cobb jail.

Police continue to say their investigation is only in the nascent stages but have contended that Ross intended to kill his son the day he left him in the car. Harris claims he simply forgot his son was in the car.

During a bond hearing on July 3, prosecutors contended that Ross Harris was living a double life. They said Harris sent explicit messages to numerous women on the day that his 22-month-old son died in a hot car.

In the impact statement, Leanna Harris writes, "Whatever issues that transpired in our marriage is between God and us, for He will judge those moral sins. The rush to judgement by the public and the mainstream media has left me with little confidence in our legal system and our society."

Leanna Harris states that she has received counseling for grief and depression and says, "I have a lot of support from family and friends and my faith in God."

Harris, a registered dietitian, said that she had to transfer her job to Alabama, and says her "return to work has been delayed due to the media hounding me."

She writes, "I did lose a consulting job I have had in Alabama for four years due to the media. As of [August 1], I have been out of work 43 days."

Harris goes on to say, "The storm around my family has prevented us from grieving the right way, if there is a right way. Some days I completely break down because I miss my baby and my family so much. August 2 would have been my precious boy's 2nd birthday."

Leanna Harris maintains support of her husband in the impact statement, writing, "Ross was a wonderful father, and he loved Cooper with all of his heart. Because i saw how he treasured our little boy for 22 months, I know without a doubt he could never have knowingly allowed any harm to come to our son. I want you to know what a loving father he was."

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