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Murder conviction for dad who threw 2-year-old daughter into creek

Prosecutors said that the father ‘weighed down her pink car seat with a tire jack.’
Prosecutors said that the father ‘weighed down her pink car seat with a tire jack.’
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Arthur Morgan III was found guilty on April 3 in a New Jersey courtroom for the murder of his two-year-old daughter, Tierra Morgan-Glover, who the father tossed into a creek on Nov. 22, 2011 in Shark River Park in Monmouth County, N.J. while the baby girl was still strapped into her car seat.

The Huffington Post reported prosecutors as saying that, “he weighed down her pink car seat with a tire jack.”

Morgan was supposed to return his daughter to her mom on Nov. 21, 2011 following a custody visit. Instead, he reportedly threw the innocent child to her drowning death to get back at Tierra’s mother, who had just broken off wedding plans with Morgan.

When Tierra’s body was recovered from the water, prosecutors said there was only “one tiny black and purple sneaker sticking out of the water.”

The jury that convicted Morgan asked the judge yesterday if they could review portions of the video statement made by Morgan to police upon his capture. This is what the jury heard:

In the video, a detective asked Morgan if he said anything to his daughter before leaving her to die in the creek.

"I told her I loved her, and I gave her a kiss," Morgan replied.

"Did you say a prayer for her?" the detective asked.

"Every day," Morgan answered.

Morgan told police that Tierra wasn’t dead when he left her in the water and drove away. He said he could hear her crying as he left.

In addition to being found guilty of Tierra’s murder, Morgan was also found guilty of child endangerment and interference with custody.

He’s scheduled for sentencing on May 28, when he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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