Detective: Ga. father was sexting when boy died in hot car

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Ross Harris is accused of letting his son, Cooper, die in a hot car.

ATLANTA, Ga. - Startling new details have emerged in the case of the Georgia dad accused of killing his toddler son by leaving him in a hot car all day.

In court Thursday, prosecutors said that Justin Ross Harris exchanged graphic text messages with a woman and a teenage girl in the hours before he found the boy dead, ABC News is reporting.

A police detective said he brought up the alleged sexting because it “goes to the state of mind” of Harris.

The prosecutor said Harris “wanted to live a child-free life” and that the son, Cooper Harris, endured a “painful death.”

According to the detective, Harris told his wife that Cooper looked “peaceful” and is eyes and mouth were closed. The detective said police photos show the boy’s eyes were not closed.

Prosecutors said Harris had searched websites that included information about being child-free and how to survive in prison.