Jury in toddler hot car death case hears from memory expert


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A human memory expert has testified that a man charged with murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV could have forgotten the child in the vehicle.

Local news organizations report Dr. Gene Brewer told jurors Thursday stress could have caused Justin Ross Harris to forget his 22-year-old son Cooper Harris in the Hyundai Tucson, where the boy died in 2014.

He added he retraced Harris’ short drive to work and testified it’s “absolutely possible” that Harris could have forgotten his child in such a situation. Brewer studies human memory and works in psychology at Arizona State University.

Harris is accused of intentionally killing the boy by leaving him in the car in suburban Atlanta, where he moved from Alabama in 2012. Defense lawyers call the death accidental.

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