Ex-Wife: Georgia Dad Didn't Mean to Kill Toddler in Hot Car

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 07:14:05-05

ATLANTA (AP) - The ex-wife of a 36-year-old Georgia man convicted of murder for leaving their toddler son to die inside a hot SUV says she still believes "it was an accident."

Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty in November. His son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris, died after being left for hours in the SUV outside his father's workplace.

Harris' ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, told ABC's "20/20" ( ) in an interview airing Friday that she "never" believed he meant to kill their son.

Taylor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV ( her son is "seen as a child that wasn't loved and wasn't wanted, and that just wasn't true."

Taylor moved from metro Atlanta to Alabama after Cooper's death. She testified in Harris' defense at his trial.

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