Father Charged With Murder In Death Of 2-Year-Old Tierra Morgan As Manhunt Continues

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The death of 2-year-old Tierra Morgan, who was discovered face down in a stream inside Shark River Park in Neptune Tuesday, has been ruled a homicide.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday and now the girl’s father, 27-year-old Arthur Morgan III, has been charged with murder in the case and remains at large as police and other law enforcement officials continue their manhunt.

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The cause of death was determined to be homicidal violence, including submersion in water, Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw announced.

“This is an unspeakably awful tragedy,'” Warshaw said. “It appears to be senseless and without reason.”

“The autopsy results came back and she drowned. I guess she got beat before she drowned,” the victim’s uncle, Iman Benton, told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

A vigil was also held Wednesday. People came from all over to remember the little girl, who met a tragic death.

“There’s another angel in heaven tonight and that’s the sin of it. And it was senseless,” said April Chillemi.

Morgan was last seen on a platform of the Asbury Park train station Monday night between 7 and 8 p.m., the prosecutor said.

Young Tierra was found dead still strapped in her car seat.  On Tuesday, three teenagers stumbled upon the girl’s body while they were walking home from school.

“We were crossing over the bridge and my friend looked down into the water and he saw what looked like a car seat and he said he saw what looked like a foot, too,” Joe Valencia, told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Valencia said that he and his friends were “hoping and praying” that what they witnessed was “some sort of a sick prank or something.”

Authorities think Morgan may have left the state. There are 13 law enforcement agencies assisting in the case, including local police, various transit police departments in New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI.

Investigators said the child was last seen with Morgan Monday afternoon when he picked her up for an unsupervised court-ordered visit, his first visit in a month.

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When Morgan failed bring her back to her mother at the agreed-upon deadline that evening, she called police.  The toddler’s mother had to be rushed to the hospital after hearing the news.

Family friends have been coming by her house to try and bring the woman some comfort.

“I was here with the mother last night. They’re hurt now, I really just can’t explain it. They just hurt now,” Troy Lee told CBS 2.

Relatives said they believe Morgan is homeless and that he picked up baby Tierra in a white Cadillac, out of which he was apparently living, so they could go to the movies.

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  • robert

    what in this world is or was ever logical? is coming up with your response logical? your saying that poeple that come to this country are garbage.when you see a native american,please tell them that.god forbid that you ever have any sort of brain damage,you might have to turn the treatment down because the person treating you most likely have been taught his skills from one of the leading if not the best brain surgeon in this country,he entered this country illegelly,got his citizenship,graduated with a medical degree and now is the top researcher and teacher in this feild. A great mexican american addition to this country and to the world. what have you got to offer the world?

  • Young and Innocent

    P.S. I forgot the most important part of the scripture. It tells us to CHANGE AND BECOME LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN!!!! Maybe then this world would become a better place.

  • Young and Innocent

    Maybe children are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven because they are not judgemental, and so filled with hate. They love and they love hard, even to a bad parent. That scripture also went even further to say, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea. To harm babies in Jesus eyes the punishment will be great. I’m not talking just about the parents who kill their babies, but to the rest of the world who teaches them hate and pain.

  • Young and Innocent

    When I look at a baby I don’t see race. All I see is young and beautiful innocence. Children play together regardless of race. They are taught to hate. Our children are being murdered everyday (Baby Dasher, Baby Morgan), and all you can think about is race. A verse in the bible say, “The disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus had a small child to stand amongst them. He said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kindgom of Heaven.” You all need to think about that scripture. A monster is a monster regardless of their sex or color. In both of these cases, that’s what those parents are.

  • Liberal don't believe in law and order

    Robert no one cares about your 3rd World liberal logic. Everyone knows that people from other countries are garbage otherwise why are you all coming here? Where you all leaving a paradise? No.

  • robert

    grow up fellow humans,the chinese dont get along with the japanese,and in every continent there is different ethnic hate,tribal hate,indian hate,muslim hate spanish hate,jewish hate,kurdish hate,but where is the home of hate now but in your own head.and it seems to me that the more civilized and educated the person the more ignorant that person is about another race. doesnt anyone study about the origen of human life,and the blood that is running in our veins.youll be shocked to learn the truth .

  • robert

    lets stop making comparisens,life is life take your blinders off.you think that only blacks commit murder?then have a long look at the crimes that all humans commit,first of all did sadam hussien commit murder,did hitler commit muder,were the innocent children in heroshima and nagasaki commit suicide?10 million poeple got killed in world war two.maybe the blacks did it.or the puerto ricans?the most infamous serial killers in history of children and adults are certainly not black. I can go on and on and you probably wont change your ignorant racist views. its poeple like you that are the real killers. killers of the truth.

    • Show me a civilized Afican country.

      Before typing ignorance you should learn proper english. Every race has killers, rapist, etc but blacks always have the larger number. If you don’t want to admit it then stay locked in your box and close your eyes just like you’ve been doing your whole life. Show me a civilized Afican country. It’s the worst continent on the planet.

  • Black men have no respect for children and women

    More than 67,000 cases of rape and sexual assaults against children were reported in 2000 in South Africa, compared to 37,500 in 1998. Child welfare groups believe that the number of unreported incidents could be up to 10 times that number. The largest increase in attacks was against children under seven.

    In a related survey conducted among 1,500 school children in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, a quarter of all the boys interviewed said that ‘jackrolling’, a term for gang rape, was fun. More than half the interviewees insisted that when a girl says no to sex she really means yes.

  • Black Males should man up

    No one is saying it’s a black race thing. But “Only the males” have no respect for their women(listen to rap music and you’ll see) children and themselves. Then the men wonder why Black women marry white,or latin men.

  • Liberals Sux

    When you stupid liberals have experience living in a white neighborhood and then a Black neighborhood let us know how innocent Blacks are.

  • supervised visits only law!!

    The mother of the little girl should hire some lawyers and sue the all three levels of gov for not protecting the rights of the little girl….The hostile parent visits should have been supervised.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This should be made into a law of the land!!!!

  • Being realistic

    This isn’t race issue for all the ignorant people commenting. This is one human being taking another one’s life for all the wrong reasons. It appeared that the mother already had issues with the husband having any type of visitation and custody. The state laws need to be made tougher.
    Please don’t waste tax payer’s money with a drawn out trial and then pay for this thing to live in a jail for 25 years, who will get out in 8-15 years. An eye for an eye is what this crime warrants. Sorry to the innocent little girl and for missing out on a life (which should be the focus here).

  • mike

    Y every1 pointing fingers at each others race when we all know that all races have good & evil ppl. Grow up n get off the band wagon already. U ppl r all vile ugly

    • Liberals Sux

      Some have more evil lazy people than others. PERIOD!!!

  • Pick on someone your own size Brother

    Typical Black Man. Always picking on someone smalller than yourselves.

    • bahianut

      You should stick to point here ….its one man who did this crime not a whole race. Leave it to an ignorant fool like you to bring a whole race down

      • Liberals Sux

        No one has to bring down that race. They’re doing a great job on their own idiot.

      • Black Males are boys mentally

        Don’t you got a bong to smoke?

  • Crime Watcher

    So he beat the girl before drowning. Freaken ANIMAL!!!

  • Make My Day

    Wouldn’t it be “interesting” if the mother did it and is trying to blame it on the dad………….

  • NITA


  • Cara

    First of all, I’d like to tell NOT KIDDING that (where I live, at least) gays can, and do raise children (some, having come out late in life, were in straight marriages once upon a time & have biological children, others adopt)

    Second of all, most people who have children exercise some sort of common sense when it comes to their children, or we’d be reading news stories about dead babies a lot more often. But there is a weird subset of women, and not just straight women, women who are so desperate to have a partner, to be in a couple, that they make the sort of decisions that make it look like they’re choosing their partner, their relationship, over their own children. Nixmarie Brown is a shining (shining for all the wrong reasons) example of this weird subset of women, and I’m sure there are other women like her, who end up incarcerated with no future, all because they were so desperate to have a partner that they were willing to allow, sometimes to watch and/or help their partner abuse thir children.

    However, in the news story above, it seems that at least one of the child’s parents was able to act responsibly. The baby’s mother, when her ex (and knowing now what violence he’s capable of, she did well to make him an ex) failed to return the child to her after his court-ordered visitation (no mention as to whether or not he also had to take court-ordered parenting classes), the mother did the right thing and called the police right away.


    Getting real tired of the breeders murdering their children!!! REAL TIRED.
    Just because you ‘can’ reproduce doesn’t mean you should!!! Seriously.
    It’s epidemic and its disgusting. New Rule before being allowed to breed:

    1. Apply for license
    2. Limit to one child
    3. Mandatory Parenting Classes – in person
    4. Mandatory mental testing, background check, examination where no
    prospective parent scoring less than 85% on exam is allowed to breed.
    5. Mandatory DR visits throughout pregnancy
    6. 1 strike policy and you’re out

    Not kidding in the least. Am sick and tired of “self-righteous” straights denying
    others the rights to raise the thousands of unwanted children who are up for
    adoption while they just breed themselves like wild dogs and then kill their young.

    • Michael H.

      What does “you’re out” mean? What happens to a child born to parents without a license? Are you advocating forced sterilization?

      • Monkey trainer

        Forced sterilization in the ghetto. That would reduce crime quick

      • @ Michael

        Don’t start that righteous crap about pro-life. If a child ends up face down in a stream after being beaten that child was better off staying with God in the first place. Until you are in a situation where you have to make the decision for right to life be quiet.

    • bahianut

      what breeding stock did you come out of? Not for nothing here and I am not kidding either you are not saying that all straight people are responsible for killing their young are you? Gee, I hope not cause I could definitely ask you about the Pedophiles that run wild in your community. We should not be mud slinging if you want your new rule why not move to china that law is installed already limiting the amount of children you have. But I do not think they do homosexuals though in that country.

  • Mr Turkey



  • Amused but not misled

    The only good ending is that loser dad did succeed in killing himself. A beautiful baby dead for because of this loer POS.

    Balck or white- he should rot in hell’s hottest spot.

    • Melissa

      The “father” of the baby girl did not succeed on killing himself, the POS drowned the little 2 year old baby girl and left. I can not believe and understand how anyone can actually drive their innocent kids into the water and let them suffer… He needs to be tortured.

  • Kat

    How many children are father rights laws going to be allowed to kill before we have actual children’s rights laws? Any parent who shows violence towards a child or other parent should have their rights to the child(ren) taken away. Any member of any congress who voted in father rights laws is just as guilty as the pieces of garbage who kill a precious child, as is any judge that keeps handing the child over to an abuser.

  • Tired of Foolishness

    Surfn Bird you idiot. I guess you missed the story about the typical actions of the WHITE woman that shot 5 children!

  • Ellen

    Wish women would be more vigilant when picking out a man who will become the father of their child.

    • Truth Monger

      You DO realize they are black………….don’t you??

      • Women love bad guys. Go figure

        Black White Purple…. women are still stupid when deciding to pick a man.

  • L.A.W.

    What is wrong with people ??? This is the ultimate sin !!!! To murder your own child! To Bullettt & Steve- you guys are so right cause this is so wrong! People who abuse or kill any child should be tortured and jailed forever. God will take care of them later!!


      Well you’d best get together with all your straight breeders because you are the ones who are single handedly murdering your own children!!! It’s disgusting. Meanwhile, the self-righteous straights deny anyone else the rights to provide safe,
      loving, healthy homes. What a twisted self-serving falsely moral world you people have created. Breaks my heart. Makes me want to puke. Truly vile.

      • Not kidding either

        Gays don’t marry the opposite sex and kill and rape children. They join the church to become a priest then rape and kill children of other people.

  • Devenio

    Are we sure the father killed the child or is the father dead also?

  • Devenio

    Surfin Bird, you yellow billed POS! Please kill yourself. The world would be better if you were worm food.

  • thor's hammer

    there is no excuse for the murder of a beautiful 2 yr old child. her murderer needs to not be entitled to due process of law. this must be an all out hunt. may your sufferings be many and long. there can and should be only 1 penalty. also to his accomplice who initiated “court ordered visitation” there is blood on your hands and may you be haunted by the sounds of children laughing and crying. you should recuse yourself from any future family court matters. to the murderer – hear that clock ticking? your time is running out. be afraid, be very afraid. justice for tierra. rest in peace little one. too many tears shed, too many angels arriving ahead of their time in heaven.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    when will the black race learn the baby’s farther thing does not work

    • steve

      It is not just the “black” race that do these horrible crimes to children. Get a clue.

      • cityslicker


        • Black on Black crime. Usual business

          Yup Blacks are too busy shooting babies in drive bys. If blacks weren’t abusing their children then why so many youth offenders with issues then? Because raising children in violence makes you violent.

    • Devenio

      When will your mother realize that she should have aborted you before you were allowed to breath? Racist POS!

      • Crime Watch

        I love when Blacks yell RACIST!!! The old stand by to get away with anything. They don’t seem to remember how racist they are when they beat up mexicans, ecuadorians, chinese, etc.

        • bahianut

          no but we def remember when we are being treated by mexicans, ecuadorians and chinese etc…..The door swings both ways folks…..And you are racists if the shoe fits wear it

          • respect is earned not demaned

            Black expect respect when then don’t even respect them selves. Respect is earned not demanded. Remember that.

    • Tired of Foolishness

      As soon as the white race learns it first.

    • When all else fails Black men are f'd up. PERIOD!!!

      When the weed and crack wears off.

  • bullett

    Another piece of vermin that needs to be erased.

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