U.S. Marshals: Arthur Morgan III, Father Of Slain NJ Toddler, Captured In San Diego
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The New Jersey father accused of murdering his 2-year-old daughter has been caught in San Diego, Calif., according to the U.S. Marshals.
Authorities said Arthur Morgan III was caught around 7:10 p.m Tuesday. U.S. Marshals said they got a tip he was spotted on the 800 block of Euclid Avenue. They did surveillance throughout the day Tuesday and authorities moved in to capture Morgan when he came out to the porch.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said that authorities will seek to have Morgan transferred to New Jersey to face his murder charge. That is in addition to the Ocean County charges filed on Nov. 22 for second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree interference with custody.
Morgan had been on the run ever since little Tierra Morgan- Glover was found face-down, strapped in her car seat and partially submerged in a stream last week near Shark River Park in Wall Township. Three teenagers stumbled upon the girl’s body while they were walking home from school.
Earlier Tuesday, the FBI had issued a crime alert for Morgan’s arrest. The FBI also had suspicions that Morgan may have fled the state and had ties to Texas and California, where he was eventually caught.
The cause of death was determined to be homicidal violence, including submersion in water. The FBI believes the girl and car seat were thrown from an overpass.
The toddler was buried on Monday.