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Attorney: Leanna Harris releases statement

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Leanna Harris, the mother of Cooper Harris, released the following statement through her lawyer Lawrence J. Zimmerman late Tuesday afternoon:

Leanna Harris is living every parent's nightmare - the child she bore and loved every moment of his life has died. For most parents, it is difficult, if not impossible, to comprehend such a thing. But for Leanna, that nightmare is all too real. She will never again be able to tuck him into bed at night and return later to check on him.

She mourns Cooper's death deeply, in her own private way. She takes comfort from a strong faith in God, but the loss is still overwhelming. Getting through each day seems almost impossible.

Dealing with her grief has become more difficult as the days go on, however, in large part because of the constant speculation and innuendo in the media. Newspapers, television and online media have fostered a poisonous atmosphere in which Leanna's every word, action and emotion - or failure to cry in front of a crowd -- is scrutinized for some supposed hidden meaning. In much the same way, the press unjustly harassed and hounded Olympic bombing hero Richard Jewell when he didn't behave as some thought he should.

Reporters have delved into Leanna's upbringing, her employment, quizzed people for information about her marriage, and her sex life. The constant attention has prevented her from returning to work.

For Leanna, Cooper's death has been devastating. She asks that she be allowed to grieve in private without reporters calling, following or watching her home. Since his death, she has been unable to have that time of mourning that every bereaved parent needs. Please allow her the dignity to mourn her son in private.

Her husband, Ross Harris, faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris.

The father told Cobb County police he left the boy in the SUV for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care.

During a hearing, a judge refused to grant bond for Harris and he remains in jail.

Leanna Harris is not facing charges, however she did hire an attorney on July 9th. FOX 5 will have details on this developing story.

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