New Jersey Man Gets Life in Prison for Tossing Daughter in Creek [Photo]
A man who was charged for murdering his daughter has been sentenced to life in jail. The most shocking thing about this tragic incident apart from the fact that an innocent child is dead, is that Arthur Morgan III, (the father) apologizes in court not for the actual murder, but for the way his relationship with the mother of 2 year old Tierra Morgan-Glover ended. Here’s what he had to say in court:
Given the chance to explain his actions to Superior Court Judge Anthony Mellaci Jr., Morgan complained that the media published photos that made him look inappropriately angry or happy, and said he would not have worn designer clothing to court if he knew he would be criticized for it. He also said his courtroom wink following his conviction was to reassure his sister he was not upset at the verdict. You can check out the image of Authur’s in-court “wink” in the gallery above.
Morgan was found guilty last month of murdering Tierra Morgan-Glover by tossing her into a New Jersey creek, strapped into a car seat and weighed down by a tire jack, in November 2011. The girl’s mother, who wore a dress embroidered with Tierra’s name and photos attached to it, said she hopes Morgan suffers in prison.
“I don’t understand why she was taken from me,” Benton said. “It does give me peace to know that she is in Heaven with God, and (Morgan) will pay for what he did to her, to me and to everyone else. No good will come to him.” Both the prosecutor and the judge lamented that New Jersey has abolished the death penalty.
“You’d be candidate No. 1 for its imposition,” Mellaci told Morgan. “Your actions were horrific, unthinkable and appalling. “This child was alive when she was placed in the water in pitch darkness, and had to suffer the unthinkable action of having water rush in and fill her lungs while strapped into that car seat,” the judge said. “This child suffered before she died.”
Prosecutors alleged Morgan killed the girl because he was angry that Benton had broken off their relationship. “It was because he wanted Imani and he couldn’t have her,” prosecutor Marc LeMieux said. “So he took away the one precious thing in her life.”