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Autopsy: Hyperthermia Killed Child Left In Hot SUV

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Booking photo of Justin Ross Harris. (credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of Justin Ross Harris. (credit: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A medical examiner in Georgia says hyperthermia was the cause of death for a toddler left for hours in his father’s SUV.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office says in a news release that toxicology results are still pending but that it believes the cause of death was hyperthermia and the manner of death was homicide.

Hyperthermia is a condition in which the temperature of the body spikes due to the heat.

The boy died on June 18 after his father, 33-year-old Justin Ross Harris, left him in the hot car for several hours.

Harris faces a murder charge.

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