Ocean Springs man charged with baby’s murder denied bond
The Ocean Springs man charged with the capital murder of a seven-month-old infant is back behind bars after his court appearance today.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson spoke with a neighbor who talked to 27-year-old Michael Harris moments before his arrest and brings us the latest on this case.
Accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby, 27-year-old Michael Harris made his way into court in handcuffs guarded by Jackson County deputies. Seven-month-old Tanner Cowart died Wednesday, upgrading Harris’ initial child abuse charge to capital murder.
Ocean Springs resident Kelly Berry lives next door to Tanner’s mother in Gulf Park Estates. She saw the baby carried out of the couple’s home last Friday. “It’s a shame. It really is. I didn’t know the baby died. It’s just pitiful.”
Harris was denied bond during his initial appearance at Jackson County Youth Court. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is taking the investigation very seriously. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “We do understand that they were living at the same address. As far as their background goes and how long they’ve been together, we don’t know.”
According to authorities, Tanner’s mother found her seven-month-old infant unresponsive Friday morning and called 911. She had left Tanner with Harris at their home in Ocean Springs to drop another child off at school. When authorities arrived, Tanner was rushed to the hospital. Berry says she spoke with Harris moments before he was taken away by police. “I asked what happened and the boyfriend turned around and just said she called an ambulance because she said he wasn’t breathing right or something. I just backed away and got out of everyone’s way after that.”
Harris is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center and will remain behind bars pending the outcome of a capital murder trial. “This case is really unfolding and we’ll continue to work on it until time progresses on,” said Sheriff Ezell.
A preliminary hearing has not been set.