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June 27th, 2014
08:55 PM ET

Who is Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia father who fatally left his toddler in a hot car

More than a week since a toddler died after being left inside a vehicle on a hot Georgia day, questions still remain as to the circumstances of that fateful day.

At the center of the investigation is Justin Ross Harris, the father of the late 22-month-old Cooper Harris.

After traveling to Alabama to interview those that knew Harris earlier in his life, on Friday evening CNN's Nick Valencia profiled the man that is charged with the murder of his own son.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Martin Savidge
June 26th, 2014
10:41 PM ET

The tragic danger of creating a "false memory"

Amidst the aftermath of a 22-month-old boy dying as a result of being left inside a car on a sweltering Georgia day, on Thursday evening Anderson Cooper welcomed a pair of guests uniquely qualified to share insight on the harrowing story.

A busy working mother, Lyn Balfour inadvertently left her son in a car after creating a "false memory" of bringing him to daycare. When her childcare provider alerted her to the tragic accident, it was too late:

"Finally, after the third time, she's trying to explain to me, she said 'No Lyn, you didn't drop him off.'"

Now an advocate for those dealing with the very tragedy that still haunts her, Balfour points parents to the child safety group kidsandcars.org.

Meanwhile, as the man who penned The Washington Post's award-winning article "Fatal Distraction," Gene Weingarten's research has taught him that such tragedies are more a result of something mental, and tied less to anything emotional:

"This turns out to be a failure of memory, not of love, not of bad parenting," he told Cooper. "It's something that happens under a certain set of circumstances, they tend to be the same."


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June 26th, 2014
09:21 PM ET

Retracing the steps of Justin Harris, the Georgia father who fatally left his toddler in a hot car

Roughly one week since a toddler died after being left inside a vehicle on a hot Georgia day, on Thursday evening Martin Savidge joined Anderson Cooper live with details from that fateful day.

As part of an in-depth look at the events of June 18th, Savidge retraced the steps of Justin Harris' route to work, in the process shedding light on an event that is at best a tragedy, and at worst, murder.

Watch the above video as the CNN correspondent paints a grim picture of the final day in 22-month-old Cooper Harris' life.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Martin Savidge
June 25th, 2014
10:45 PM ET

Tragic accident or murder? Father charged after son dies in hot car

Tragic accident or murder in hot-car toddler death? What sounded like the most tragic of accidents - a dad absentmindedly leaving his toddler in the car on a scorching Georgia day - is now being treated by police as a horrific crime. CNN's Victor Blackwell has more on the story.

June 24th, 2014
10:32 PM ET

Amanda Davies on Luis Suarez: "This is a man whose nickname among the Dutch and the British media is 'The Cannibal'"

On the heels of a bizarre biting incident at the World Cup, on Tuesday evening Anderson Cooper welcomed CNN's Amanda Davies and former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, asking each to offer their reaction.

In a match against Italy, Uruguay star Luis Suárez allegedly chomped down on opponent Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder, and as Davies noted, it's hardly the striker's only incident.

"It's not the first time it's happened, it's not the second time it's happened, it's the third time it has happened," she explained. "This is a man whose nickname among the Dutch and the British media is 'The Cannibal.'"

Holyfield, meanwhile, was famously bitten on the ear during a fight with Mike Tyson, and on Tuesday took to his Twitter account to draw the parallel:

Of Suarez's accused behavior, Holyfield admitted to being disheartened.

"It was sad in one aspect because it's been done many a time," he told Cooper. "It's an awful thing."

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
June 24th, 2014
12:12 AM ET

"I think Jerry was found guilty before he ever went to trial" – Dottie Sandusky to Jason Carroll

Almost exactly two years since Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys, CNN's Jason Carroll sits down with Dottie Sandusky for a face to face interview.

Having been married to the former Penn State assistant football coach for 37 years, Dottie Sandusky remains unwavering in her support of her husband, telling Carroll "he's always been truthful to me."

"I know who he is, I know he is," says Sandusky, insisting she never once suspected her husband of any improper behavior.

According to Dottie Sandusky, the 70-year-old man is in a cell 23 hours per day, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours per day on the weekend. "I try to cheer him up," she says of the couple's visits, "but usually he cheers me up instead of me cheering him up."

June 9th, 2014
11:10 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Who are the husband and wife Las Vegas killers?

There are troubling new details about the husband and wife who gunned down two police officers and a civilian, before taking their own lives. The shooting happened on Sunday in Las Vegas. The couple made no secret of their hatred of the government. They spoke about it to neighbors and even wrote about it online. Police say this weekend, they turned their words into violence. Kyung Lah looks at how the tragic events unfolded.

Anderson looks back at the lives lost in Sunday's shooting.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Kyung Lah
May 21st, 2014
10:47 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Affluenza in Olympia? 

In some cases, it's three strikes and you're out. That isn't the case for Shaun Goodman after he was arrested for his seventh DUI offense. Goodman was sentenced to one year in jail, but a work release allows him to go home and run his business. That's not sitting well with some in the community, including the passenger in Goodman's Ferrari the night of his most recent crash. He had to jump from the speeding sports car during a high-speed chase with police. Dan Simon has the story.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Dan Simon
May 20th, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Actor Michael Jace charged with wife’s shooting death

Actor Michael Jace is best known for his role as a police officer in the television show 'The Shield.' Monday night Jace reportedly called 911 to report he'd shot his wife April. According to police, the 40-year-old mother of two was found shot to death in the family's home in south Los Angeles. Investigators detained Mr. Jace at the scene and later on Tuesday morning booked the actor with a homicide charge. Watch Randi Kaye's report about the case.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Michael Jace • Randi Kaye
May 5th, 2014
10:18 PM ET

Crime and punishment: Outrage after rapist is sentenced to community service at a rape center  

Sir Young was 18-years old when he raped a 14 year old girl. He could have spent decades behind bars, but a Texasjudge sentenced him to just 45-days, along with community service at a rape crisis center. While the judge's sentence sparked plenty of outrage, so did her comments about the  victim. Randi Kaye has the story.

Anderson discussed this case with CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin and Bobbie Villareal, Executive Director of the Dallas Rape Crisis Center, where Young was sentenced to work.

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