Man Who Tossed Toddler Daughter to Her Death Gets Life in Prison

Kathleen Hopkins, Detroit Free Press, May 28, 2014

A judge on Wednesday ordered Arthur E. Morgan III to spend the rest of his life in prison, with no chance of being released on parole, for cutting his baby daughter’s life short at age 2½ by tossing her into a stream to die in 2011.

State law dictated that Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci impose a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole on Morgan for the murder of Tierra Morgan-Glover because the victim was a child–a factor that that would have qualified Morgan for execution before New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007. Speaking to Morgan, Mellaci said if New Jersey still had the death penalty, “you would be candidate No. 1.”

But the fact that the child was Morgan’s own daughter made the crime that much more unspeakable. And the way he accomplished the killing made it seem even more horrific–he strapped the child into her pink-flowered car seat, tethered a five-pound metal car jack to the seat, threw the contraption into a stream in Shark River Park in Wall and left the crying child to die in the murky water as he drove away to a liquor store.

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Morgan, 29, who was homeless at the time of the murder but whose last known address was in Eatontown, stood trial before Mellaci earlier this year.

The jury convicted Morgan of the intentional murder of Tierra, who lived with her mother in Lakehurst, dismissing defense attorneys’ arguments that the defendant’s judgment was clouded, and that he simply placed his child in the stream to “let God decide her fate.”

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Morgan flashed a smile when the jury foreman announced the panel’s verdict on April 3. And, he winked at prosecutors as he was being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, donning one of the typically flashy suits he wore to court each day during the trial.

Arthur E. Morgan III

Arthur E. Morgan III

But on Wednesday, Morgan, a man who was said to have spent much of his earnings on Prada and Gucci clothing and accessories while he was living in his 1995 Cadillac Deville, was instead clad in a jail uniform as he stood before Mellaci to learn his fate.

During his trial, his attorneys, Deputy Public Defender Jeffrey Coghlan and Deputy Assistant Public Defender Ryan Moriarty, unsuccessfully tried to convince the jury that Morgan was distraught over how Tierra’s mother was raising the child and that he simply placed Tierra in a stream in Shark River Park in Wall to let God decide her fate.

In arguing that Morgan should be convicted of the lesser crime of manslaughter rather than murder, the defense attorneys suggested Morgan wasn’t thinking clearly because he was beleaguered by his own homelessness, lack of sleep and loss of a job.

But First Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux and Assistant Prosecutor Jordan Williams argued that Morgan planned the crime, pawning items beforehand and making arrangements to escape to California. They portrayed Morgan as a narcissistic, manipulative and controlling man who killed his daughter to get back at her mother, Imani Benton, for breaking off an engagement.

In stark contrast to the defense attorneys’ portrayal of Morgan as a man worried about his baby, the prosecutors pointed out that Morgan bought expensive, designer clothing for himself rather than providing a home for the daughter he claimed to have so much concern for.

Morgan picked up Tierra from her mother on the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2011, saying he was going to take the girl to see “Happy Feet II,” a film about dancing penguins. Instead, he brought her to Shark River Park, strapped her into her car seat, tethered the metal car jack to the seat and tossed the contraption from a bridge about 17 feet below into the stream.

He later would tell authorities that Tierra was still crying when he turned and walked away, leaving her in the stream to die.

Teenagers found Tierra’s body in the stream, still strapped in the car seat, the following day, after Benton reported her daughter missing when Morgan failed to bring her home the night before. The child was wearing her bright pink pea coat that her mother dressed her in the day before.

As Tierra was taking her last breaths, Morgan met up with a friend, went to a liquor store and had some drinks before escaping to San Diego, where he was captured on Nov. 29, 2011, following a nationwide manhunt.

Being questioned by investigators following his capture, Morgan told them he had tethered the car jack to Tierra’s car seat to weigh her down “like a ball and chain.”

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  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m shocked.

    • bilderbuster

      He should have left her on a Romney doorstep instead.

      • Hallie Eva

        Or Chelsea Clinton’s, Brangelina’s, Charlize Theron’s, Julia Robert’s, Sandra Bullock’s, Madonna’s?
        Take your pick.

        • bilderbuster

          I admit I singled out the Romney’s because they are/were such a beautiful, large, White family and I foolishly expected better from them.
          I could be mistaken but I believe the Hollyweird “role models” adopt imports only with my favorite example being the insane, self mutilating, UN children’s ambassador Angelina Jolie.

          • obot

            The Hollyweirdos do it for publicity and to show they’re liberal enough to get more movie roles

          • bilderbuster

            That’s why the little Browns are referred to as “Hollywood Handbags”.
            That doesn’t explain” Little Black Romney” though.

    • Glen

      I’m not, maybe because I no longer care about African-on-African crime. Let Rev Al or Jesse handle it.

      • scottthestrategerist

        I’m with you. A few years ago, I would have been HORRIFIED at what he did, but now I no longer care about what they do to each other. Indeed, I’d release him on condition that he kill more of them. Imagine it as a movie! He has to kill ten diverse people a day or a chip implanted in him will explode, killing him. It will also explode if he harms a white person. I’d pay $15 to see that before I would pay to see Magneto lecture me on the “evils” of racism in the latest X-Men film! lol

  • Alexandra1973

    String ‘im up.

  • Anglokraut

    I don’t think even the bruthas will protect him when it’s time to shower; it is well-known that child killers are the untouchables in the prison hierarchy.

    • You presume honor among thieves at your own peril.

    • Who Me?

      He will not be placed in general population, he will have protective custody for a good many years. And NO, he will not be sitting there thinking about what he did, or regretting anything except getting caught at it. Any show of “getting religion” will be solely for the consumption of the parole board in his bids for early release.
      This thing that murdered his own child should be swinging from the end of a rope, but that won’t happen.

      • “He will not be sitting there thinking about what he did”

        I laugh at people who say things like, “they shouldn’t give him the death penalty, they should give him life in prison so he can spend the rest of his life sitting in a cell to think about what he did.”

        Spoken by people who can’t think their way out of a paper bag.

        1. How much time do they need to think about what they did? All it takes them is a few seconds to admit the correct reason they did what they did, and almost always it’s one or more of the Catholic seven deadly sins.

        2. And don’t bet on them ever to admit that they did something wrong. They’ll parrot every excuse in the book. And what excuses they can’t figure out by themselves, once they hook up with Prislam (Prison + Islam), the Farrakhanites/NOI, or the new trend in black prison cults, the Hebrew-Israelites, they’ll fill their heads with even more excuses.

        • scottthestrategerist

          I think the Hebrew-Israelites are right! They are the true Israel, and so they belong in Israel! Let’s send them all there immediately! No matter what happens, we win!

      • archer

        To think we will have to support this piece of crap forever, bring back the death penalty and be done with it, or better still tie him to a chair and give him the same he gave his daughter.

    • Bob Wallace

      Cop shooters and killers on top, child molesters/child killers on bottom. The prisoners will attempt to kill him. I’m sure he hasn’t realized that yet. But he will.

    • Hallie Eva

      Anglo, are you certain that child killer/molesters are singled out in prisons?
      There are soooo many black men and women who torture and kill their offspring in stir, it must be losing that position by now. It is not even shocking anymore.

      • Believe it or not, most of the men in prison were mistreated as children, and have a real hate-on for guys who hurt kids.

        • Hallie Eva

          Hope so, MCS. He deserves to be put down with extreme prejudice by one of his fellow inmates.
          The law will not do it. Where is Dexter when we need him?

      • Anglokraut

        I used to room with a 3-bedroom house, and one of the tenants was a guard at the prison that held the serious convicts for the Cleveland area. He said that those there for crimes against children were almost always in danger from other inmates, so they had to be segregated from the others.

        • Hallie Eva

          Glad to hear this, Anglo. Hope something nasty befalls this POS.

  • Truthseeker

    Anyone this degenerate should be removed from society.

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      Removed from the mortal world altogether, preferably.

  • r j p

    Designer suits and living in a 20 year old Cadillac. How negro can one black be?

    • Ike Eichenberg

      The suits were probably purchase by the public defenders office.

    • Oil Can Harry

      A typical black father, spending all his $ on himself while neglecting or abusing his offspring.

    • me

      Pretty darn Negro….

  • propagandaoftruth

    he strapped the child into her pink-flowered car seat, tethered a five-pound metal car jack to the seat, threw the contraption into a stream in Shark River Park in Wall and left the crying child to die in the murky water as he drove away to a liquor store.
    ———————–

    R-style, baby!

    • LHathaway

      I loved Sylvester Stallone’s character in that first Judge Dred movie, but I don’t admit it to strangers, whether because it is from a cartoon or because it is a cartoon depiction of fascist type figure, I’m not sure. How about a photos of Carl Sagan or the ISpacestation or Mozart? And then, stop letting people tell you what to post. . .

      I like the guy with the photo of the Romulan commander and then when I read his posts I always hear it in the voice of that militaristic commander. I’m disappointed when I can’t hear that voice in one of his posts.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Check out the new Dredd. It’s on Netflix and it’s a very good flick I’ve harped on here a lot.

        I found many…”fascist” friendly nuances to the character, the comics.
        Another netflix gem I think has some interesting racial undertones is a very bizarre thing called “Super”, an obscure, star studded independent film about a taxi cab like guy who tries to become a super hero. Sounds hackneyed but actually a very good, if amateurish and low budget, movie. Great soliloquies too.

        Letting people tell me what to post? Pfff! Only the moderators go there. Otherwise, I AM THE LAW! (lol)

  • JSS

    “But the fact that the child was Morgan’s own daughter made the crime that much more unspeakable”.

    I disagree, him is killing his own child is no big loss to society. This story doesn’t bother or surprise me at all, I’m glad it wasn’t another murdered irreplaceable White child.

    • Who Me?

      Something so degenerate as to kill his own child wouldn’t even think twice about killing one of ours, a White child. And while it is some relief to know it was not one of ours, the murder of ANY child, even this one, is a terrible thing and the killer MUST be removed, from breathing if possible.

      • JSS

        I can no longer be surprised by the way blacks behave. They simply aren’t meant to be held to the same standards other humans are, and they aren’t. Not even by the leftist who worship them. On the other hand subjecting others to their presence is criminal in itself as far as I’m concerned. I honestly don’t care what happens to any of them, kids included. It’s not like there will ever be a shortage of them. I just want them out of my life and country. I don’t care enough about other races enough to hate them (one exception) I just want mine to prosper and that isn’t possible while chained to diversity.

        • scottthestrategerist

          Well, what’s the exception? 🙂

      • Nancy

        There are instances of parents throwing their tender offspring
        to the hungry lion, who stands roaring before their cavern, refus-
        ing to depart till some peace-offering be made to him. In general
        their children cease to be the objects of a mother’s care as soon as
        they are able to crawl about in the field.” **

        (**Quote from one of the European missionaries in 18th century Africa).

        It’s in their DNA.

        I used to care for a few box turtles in outdoor beautiful habitats for years.
        I can honestly say, I’ve seen more caring from a female turtle toward her eggs than these feral thugs toward their offspring.

        Looking at the video of this repugnant POS, I realized someone needs to replace that old “lipstick on a pig” metaphor…change it to “flashy purple suit on a chimpanzee”.

    • scottthestrategerist

      That’s it. I’ve even moderated my stance on abortion as I’ve become racially aware. Besides, I got tired of arguing with Leftists who would say, “No one wants all those black and brown babies.” You know what? You’re right. In the name of diversity, nonwhites can and should get abortions. But we whites are now an endangered species and cannot be allowed to terminate our offspring.

  • MekongDelta69

    Black ‘family values’…

  • Ike Eichenberg

    The citizens likely paid for that flashy suit.
    We all pay for the stupidity of turning them lose upon American society.

  • Pelagian

    Sodomy-based “weddings”, no death penalty, no jobs, 16% Spanish-speaking, a may issue/does not honor state, and “one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse states in the country”* … and slowed bridges.

    Ding, ding, ding. I think we have a winner for “Number One Hell-Hole”, don’t we?

    * As of 2011, 56.4% of New Jersey’s population younger than age 1 were minorities It has the second largest Jewish population by percentage (after New York); the second largest Muslim population by percentage (after Michigan); the largest population of Peruvian Americans in the United States; the largest population of Cubans outside of Florida; the third highest Asian population by percentage; and the third highest Italian population by percentage, according to the 2000 Census. African Americans, Hispanics, Arabs, and Brazilian and Portuguese Americans are also high in number. New Jersey has the third highest Asian Indian population of any state by absolute numbers. It has the third largest Korean population, fourth largest Filipino population, and fourth largest Chinese population, per the 2010 U.S. Census.

    • IstvanIN

      And this has what to do with a black guy throwing his baby in a stream?

      • Pelagian

        No CP

        • IstvanIN

          What is CP?

          • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

            Capital punishment.

  • Tom Thumb

    He’s doing fine. He’ll do a few year (three squares and a cot) and be back out before you know it. Then he’ll be back in and then out again. Great life.

  • M.Magog

    if only they all would do this!!!

  • White taxpayer dollars support these foul-smelling, gold-toofed, showy, illiterate creatures, whether they’re out of prison or in. Unless this one is made to work at hard labor, prison is going to be just another day enjoying eating and prison sex at white expense. The rope would be a better solution, saving us money and any whites in prison possible trouble.

    • Magician

      And many of those men give birth to 5+ children, with 5+ different women, and of course, WE are the ones who pay through the nose to pay for the living of the children.

      Many of them think it makes them even more “cool” to give birth to 5+ kids, all with different mothers, and then run away when they are about to be born

      youtube[dot]com/_KUW2vCPX7w

      • IstvanIN

        It is a little over the top to blame gays for everything.

        • Magician

          But a lot of what happened make sense if we pretend this criminal is gay

          • IstvanIN

            It makes no sense if he was gay. He was just another useless black “father” who was po-ed at the baby momma. Black men don’t have babies to get public assistance, the woman do that. Most of the gays who I have read articles about adopt both boys and girls and are generally White. Blacks, in general, don’t adopt their own, even the straight ones. I have seen articles about White gays who have adopted blacks kids. Blacks, at least in NJ, have the highest rate of child abuse of any group in the state, mostly the women. Blacks are the most violent group in the state. The most impulsive group. No can not blame this on typical gay behavior, actually this isn’t even typical black male behavior, it is the women who usually kill the babies and toddlers. A black male I would venture to say is more likely to kill a White child either as part of the commission of a crime, for rape or because his White girlfriend dumped him. No, this was just an a atypical psycho savage.

          • Who Me?

            Blacks DO adopt–a lot. They just don’t do it formally, on paper, the way White people do. Half or three quarters of all black kids are being raised by somebody besides their biological birth mothers. Their grandma (usually maternal grandmother) or their auntie or an older cousin, or an older sibling, or daddy’s girlfriend’s mother, or… you get the picture. Half your inner city mothers are 15-18 years old, which leads to grandmothers who are 30- 40 years old, just about the right age to start taking care of a child halfway properly…sometimes.

          • IstvanIN

            Yes, I am well aware that grandmothers frequently raise their daughter’s children. Actually that is another typical form of black abuse: not providing a stable home life. The poor kids get passed around from relative to relative like an old table cloth. What little chance they have in life is pretty much extinguished by their circumstances.

      • Yancy Derringer

        Waaay out in left field.

  • Lt. Greyman, NVA

    Seriously now, is this a crime, or just a very late term abortion? I mean the negress was only 10 years away from breeding a whole litter of Treyvons.

  • r j p

    Is the “Detroit Free Press’s” reporting on New Jersey crimes Detroit’s way of saying “Look there are negro inhabited places more messed up than we are”? You know, the way the London Daily-Mail reports all of the USA’s atrocities.

  • dd121

    Their brains just don’t work like ours.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Their brains just don’t work.

      There, fixed it.

  • MBlanc46

    Of course his judgment was clouded. He’s a Negro.

  • I am currently wearing a 2005 “Boulder Boulder” 10 K run t-shirt and blue jeans with battery acid holes in them. I have not worn shoes all day. I spent most of the day fixing one of the computers here, and I showed Ariadne how to troubleshoot a PC. Dinner tonight was chicken, lettuce and tomato sandwiches with pasta salad. I have tea brewing.

    I don’t understand how this critter could spend money on bling and hurt his little girl. A fellow doesn’t get to take the bling with him, but my male descendants will probably be maned “Michael” for the next thousand years.

  • IKUredux

    There are no adequate words to describe this absolutely horrific crime. Other than…it seems that Blacks engage in heinous crimes against their own offspring far more frequently than Whites. Kinda like Africa…

  • eavesmac

    2 and a half; life. Two and a half months; scott free.

  • Hallie Eva

    Umm, I vote for slow garoting, preferably held in the public City Square, if Detoilet has such a place.
    I could write a book about the unspeakable things black men do to their infants and toddlers, always with a ready excuse. As this animal’s “letting God decide her fate.”
    He is deranged, a normal condition for this lot.
    Speaking of blacks’ obsession with flashy clothes and bling, their children be danged.
    When ex and I were resolving our much contested divorce in 10 days of court room appearances, we overheard one case presented involving a black man who self-righteously disputed his meager court ordered child support payments.
    Bald faced, in all seriousness, no hint of embarrassment, he answered the judge, who asked him, “why can you not
    come up with these payments?”
    “My clothing, accessories budget, and Cadillac payments are more than $5000 per month” he said. The judge lost
    it, his face turning purple in an attempt to contain his outrage.
    Ex and I still laugh about that one.

    • What sort of budget does a heterosexual man need for “accessories”?

      • Hallie Eva

        MCS, I was hoping someone might suggest an answer to that question. You are axing me what accessories this bantu was buying? I have no clue.
        We thought he was a complete idiot trying to scam the judge.

        • I count ten neckties, two dress belts, two pairs of dress shoes and one pair of dress boots in my own closet. The boots I’ve had since I was 17. A fellow doesn’t need much of this stuff, and I’ve spent 31 years accumulating it.

          It’s worse than that. If he was hard up enough for money that he was living out of his car, he could have gone back to court to get the child support order modified. It’s only contempt of court if a fellow CAN pay and then does not. Why also wasn’t he at a homeless shelter? I understand those don’t allow drunks, so that was probably an issue with this creep.

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    Death sentences should be administered in the same manner of how the victims died, or the choice of victims survivor families. In this case, he should have been mandatorily sterilized.

    • I’d be in favor of tossing him out the back of a C-130 from 20,000 feet and letting God decide his fate. He could wear that nice suit.

      • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

        I would tie him the back of a moving van to drag on the street, on a coast to coast trip

  • I have one (1) kid because I am held accountable.

  • RileyDeWiley

    He had no chance, as in zero chance, of getting away with this. The child was going to be missed. The body was going to be found. The evidence was dead certain to point straight to him.

    What the f— was he thinking?

    • He probably resented having to pay child support because he needed some more bling more than he wanted the love of his own little girl.

      • RileyDeWiley

        They took away his Armanis. They even took away his shoelaces. I think he should have foreseen that.

        Seriously, I wondered if he expected to be caught when he tied that weight to that little girl’s car seat and threw her in the water.