MIAMI : A US man has been charged with murdering his nearly two-year-old son by leaving him in a hot car for seven hours and could face the death penalty if convicted. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was denied bond Thursday and faces child cruelty and felony murder charges after leaving his son Cooper, 22 months, strapped to a car seat in his sports utility vehicle while he was at work in the southern state of Georgia. “This is a possible death penalty case,” Judge Frank Cox said at the close of a protracted hearing at the Cobb County Magistrate Court outside Atlanta. Underlining the massive interest in the United States and its shocking revelations, the hearing was broadcast live on US networks.

Harris says he forgot to drop his son off at daycare and didn’t realize he had left him in the car until driving for a few minutes after work, stopping and calling for help once he noticed Cooper’s lifeless little body in the backseat.