The Eatontown man who killed his 2-year old daughter, Tierra Morgan-Glover, by callously leaving her in stream to drown and be found by children passing by has been sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
Arthur Morgan 3rd, 29, whose last known address in Eatontown, was sentenced Wednesday by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C., after a jury found him guilty in April of first degree murder, second degree endangering the welfare of a child and third degree interference with custody.
For the purposes of sentencing, the judge merged the murder and endangering the welfare of a child counts when he imposed the life without parole prison term after the jury agreed with a Monmouth County grand jury that found an aggravating factor to exist – that the victim was less than 14 years old at the time she was killed. Mellaci also added a consecutive five-year prison sentence for the interference with custody count.
The crime shocked the community for its incomprehensible cruelty.
Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Marc C. LeMieux said in a prepared statement that New Jersey needs the death penalty.
"For the sake of Tierra, police officers like Christopher Matlosz, and others who are brutally and senselessly murdered there must be a death penalty. Or is it enough that Arthur Morgan will now be forced to relive the horrors of killing his own flesh and blood each and every day inside a prison cell,” he said.
Morgan was found guilty of murdering his 2-year-old daughter on evidence presented at trial as part of a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, after the young girl’s fully-clothed body was discovered by a group of teenagers, strapped into a car seat weighted down by a carjack, submerged in the stream below an overpass located on Schoolhouse Road in the Shark River Park section of Wall on Nov. 22, 2011.