Body Of 2-Year-Old Girl Found In NJ; Arrest Warrant Issued For Child’s Father

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An arrest warrant has been issued for the father of a little New Jersey girl, whose body was discovered in a creek late Tuesday night.

Police said Arthur Morgan, III, picked up 2-year-old Tierra Morgan from her mother Monday at around 7 p.m. for his court approved visit, but never returned. They were last seen in Lakehurst Borough, which is in Ocean County.

More than 24 hours after she disappeared, Tierra’s body was found near Shark River Park in Wall Township.

School students found the little girl strapped in her car seat and face down in the creek, CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported.

Authorities are still searching for Morgan. He has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree offense, and interference with custody.

Anyone with information about the child’s death or Morgan’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Brian Haggerty of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 814-3460, Officer Jeffrey Emmons of the Lakehurst Police Department at (848) 992-1420, Det. Michael Clancy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (800) 533-7443 or Det. Michael Legg of the Ocean Township, Monmouth County, Police Department at (732) 531-1800.

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  • boymommy

    Only the better judges can detect [potential} risky parents. My future ex was given supervised visitation with a short history of psychiatric hospitalization, breaking orders of protection in broad daylight, and eventually wouldn’t sign off on supervised visitation. The judge said he needs supervision with his history, he refused to sign as he claimed he wasn’t a criminal, and she said “OK then you wont see your kids”. He killed himself that night, he was a danger to himself and to all of us, he took his own life to prevent future disaster. On a broader note, perhaps dying as a baby put her in Heaven to end her potential suffering later in her childhood, and everyone tries to learn a lesson.

  • typical

    reality check … my ex gets visitation because he has the right to it. Some bleeding heart judge made this decision with the full knowledge that the ex has given our son black eyes. Ex gets visitation after he punched and kicked our 8 year old son. I was not home when this occurred and it was reported as soon as I found out. He gets visitation because he, as the father, has rights. My son is in fear every time he goes. My son has no right to say he doesn’t want to go and I am helpless to stop the visitations. If I try and stop them I am interfering in a court order and I can go to jail. Great system that is in place to protect the children in this country. Yes, I am well aware that there are custodial parents that are spiteful and try to keep the other parent away from the children. But there is a reason that some parents should have supervised visitation. Too sad. Another innocent child is another victim.

    • screendame

      We need to do something about this corruption in Family Court!!! So many parents don’t speak out due to fear of the System. Let’s get together and raise awareness! Anyone???

    • boymommy

      Isnt there a paper trail or photos or hospital ER visit records that can prove he is physically abusive, are you keeeping track? what would it take to get supervised visitation? Can you be home for every visit? Can you meet out in public?

  • Mrs. Nichols

    First of all, there was an innocent baby whose life was taken so soon and all you all can think about is race and color…Lord take the wheel…Crime has no color, shape, or form…crime is among all cultures, colors, and races…Those comments where ignorant and stupid because race is not the issue here, the main issue is that this baby had to suffer from a person whom she called daddy…I pray for the mother because she will not get the opportunity to see her child anymore, see her succeed to greatness, or just hug and kiss her. People can be so STUPID!!

  • NYSmike

    Before you create a life, really get to know your partner…until then keep legs closed or use protection.

    • screendame


  • Adrienne

    It is very upsetting to read comments about race when a little human girl has been murdered. She was of the human race in the last couple of years to many babies have been murdered and it is a shame. It is not about race it is about sick people taking the lives of these children. STOP WITH THE HATE COMMENTS

  • its good to know

    the racist comments here are nauseating. Im surprised that this site allows it.
    it makes them eually racist.

    • johnny

      You cant deny the truth! Look at the culture, the murders of each other, the extremely high abortion rate, theliberal machine really did well in getting more mindless voters to keep them in office. Nothing has changed they are still slaves!

      • Tired of Foolishness

        JOHNNY, The truth is that people of all races commit heinous crimes case in point the white women in NC that shot 5 kids including her own son and newphew. It has nothing to do with race.

  • rocky

    When they catch him they should do the same as he did his child or Just Water Board him……………………………………………………..

  • anonymous

    Maybe the judge that granted him visitation in the first place should be held responsible? Not even DYFS gets involved in cases where one parent has a violent/abusive history. It’s a shame that one parent is forced to send their child with the abusive parent, and if not go to jail! THIS is what happens!!! We as parents cannot protect our own children because no one wants to get involved!!! If one parent shows any signs or has a past history of violence, they should be ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and have supervised visits with the child until that child is old enough to call for help. Many law officials and judges etc. need to be held accountable for just collecting a paycheck instead of really caring and doing their jobs! I’ve seen it with my own eyes way too often.

  • so sad

    Why is it that children are always the one to suffer?!?! I

  • so sad

    What an ignorant comment…you must be ignorant!!!!!!!!!

  • Typical Black Man

    More Black on Black crime. How about protesting that instead of too much cops in the hood?

  • Crime Watch

    Poor baby girl. He will just be given FREE ROOM AND BOARD, CABLE, HEALTHCARE, WEIGHT TRAINING, ETC. Cruel and Evil father.

  • Why Black women prefer white and latin men

    Every race has killers of their own people in it but blacks are the experts. Just more Black on Black crime

  • john bamforth

    idiotic statement…..plenty of white people and other races have killed their own children,race is not important here

    • Very conservative

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • John

    The mother won’t ever get over this. That’s what he wanted.

  • sammy


  • Tonia Mcintosh

    OMG!!!! How can someone do that to their on child, or any child. I hope he is found and put 10 feet under the jail house!!!! That beautiful baby, she was only 2yrs old. God bless her little soul.

  • Guy who once saw Lyle Alzado at Newark Airport

    Don’t see Ball Park turkey franks at the supermarket anymore. Just the other varieties. Anyone else noticing this?

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