Inspired by Gene Weingarten's Pulitzer Prize-winning article, this documentary shows "there may be no issue of human failure that more challenges our notions about crime and punishment and mercy."
Janette Fennell, president and founder of Kids and Car Safety said, “The film sheds light on this very misunderstood and devastating issue. We hope viewers come away with a better understanding that losing awareness of a child in the back seat can literally happen to anyone, even those who adamantly believe it could never happen to them and criminalizing it will not fix the issue.”
Dr. David Diamond, a neuroscience professor at the University of South Florida has studied the science of tragic memory failures for over a decade. He has interviewed dozens of parents that have forgotten children in cars, and confirms that the Harris case is a tragedy because he was convicted due to his extramarital activity, not because he wanted to harm his child. According to Diamond, Harris’ memory failure in this case is consistent with human error, not a failure of the love Ross Harris had for his son.
“Anyone who watched the news from 2014 to 2016 would have seen the salacious coverage about Justin Ross Harris. Even though the details of his case align with hundreds of other cases.” said Director Susan Morgan Cooper. “The Cobb County Police fed lies to the media and thus Justin Ross Harris was condemned as guilty before he ever went to trial. I believe in fighting for the truth and I'm grateful to shine a light on this tragic story.”
Fatal Distraction is produced by Susan Morgan Cooper and Lara Thomas Ducey.
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Official documentary press materials can be found here and here.
Official trailer can be found here.
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About Kids and Car Safety
Kids and Car Safety is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of children and pets in and around vehicles. Kids and Car Safety is devoted to eliminating vehicle-related risks to children and pets through data collection, research and analysis, public education and awareness programs, policy change, product redesign and supporting families to channel their grief into positive change. Our organization has a special focus on everyday events referred to as “nontraffic incidents” which includes being run over in parking lots or driveways, hot car deaths, carbon monoxide poisoning, car theft with children/animals inside, falls, knocking cars into gear, drowning from not being able to exit a submerged vehicle, underage drivers, power window strangulation, trunk entrapment, etc.