As he’s being charged manslaughter, I’m wondering if Miles Harrison has suffered enough already. There’s no way I can see any court-imposed punishment coming close to the beating he gives himself every waking moment.
To bring everyone up to speed, let’s review his case with a little help from the WashPost article:
Police said Harrison had adopted the boy from Russia three months earlier. According to court documents, Harrison told police that he left his home in Purcellville about 6:45 a.m. July 8. He apparently had intended to drop the child at a day-care center.
Harrison arrived at his office, Project Solutions Group, and left Chase in the back seat, police said. The temperature reached a high of 90 degrees, which one expert estimated would have made the temperature about 130 degrees in the Yukon. A co-worker reported that someone went to the company’s front desk about 5 p.m. and asked whether something was inside Harrison’s car. He ran outside and found his son, police said.
Now call me soft, but I don’t think jail time is needed in this case. Miles broken heart and abyss of guilt is deeper than any sentence, nor can any other person be a harsher judge than his own mind, and immediate family.
For me, I send him the deepest sympathy. A morning of forgetfulness has beget a life of sorrow unimaginable.
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