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Attorney for Leanna Harris releases statement; Compares her to Richard Jewell

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The attorney for Leanna Harris released a statement Tuesday afternoon addressing her child's death.

Harris' child, Cooper, died after being left in a hot car in Cobb County by his father, Justin Ross Harris.

In the statement, Leanna Harris' attorney Lawrence J. Zimmerman compared the way she is being treated to original Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell.

What was noticeably absent from the statement was any mention of Justin Ross Harris or the way 22-month-old Cooper died.

The entire statement is below:

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.

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