Mother Of Slain NJ Toddler: ‘If He Couldn’t Have His Family, No One Could’

U.S. Marshals Arrest Girl's Father, Arthur Morgan III, In California

HOWELL, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The nationwide manhunt is over and now authorities are working to extradite a New Jersey man back to the Garden State for allegedly killing his 2-year-old daughter.

U.S. Marshals arrested 27-year-old Arthur Morgan III Tuesday in California after receiving a tip he was staying with friends in the San Diego area.

Prosecutors say Morgan killed his daughter, 2-year-old Tierra Morgan-Glover, during a court-approved visit last week by throwing her off a bridge and into a creek in Wall Township.

Tierra was still strapped in her car seat.

Imani Benton, Tierra’s mother, calls her life right now a living hell.

“I would jump myself off that bridge to bring her back,” she said.

Benton said she had been physically abused by Morgan for years and when she finally decided to leave him, he snapped.

“Me moving on with my life, you know going back to work, doing stuff by myself, being independent and a single mother. With him, if he couldn’t have his family, no one could have his family,” she said.

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The case is now also being reviewed by Allison Blake, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, who said she is looking into the agency’s interactions with the family in the past.

The child-welfare agency has been involved with the family on and off for more than a year.

On Nov. 9, Morgan reportedly called the agency saying he didn’t know where Tierra was, but the state said his claim as well as other claims he made were unsubstantiated.

Other complaints from the family dealt with domestic violence between Morgan and Benton and about conditions within the home, among others.

Last year, Benton also took parenting classes through the agency, according to Blake, who said Morgan was also offered classes but refused.

Benton says now, justice for her daughter would only come in one form.

“New Jersey should bring the death penalty back and no man should live the rest of his life knowing that he did this,” she said.

But she says knowing that authorities have captured Morgan does ease the pain a bit.

“I’m relieved that they caught him. I can sleep,” Benton said. “I dont’ have to keep looking over my shoulder and thinking that he’s still out there.”

During the nationwide manhunt for Morgan, “America’s Most Wanted” even featured the case on its website.

Morgan was being held Wednesday morning in California. Authorities plan to extradite Morgan back to New Jersey to prosecute him on murder charges.

No word yet on when an extradition hearing will be set.

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  1. Tina Mitchell says:

    there are so many parents killing their children, its sad. If they didn’t want kids why did they have them?

    1. jacko says:

      Duh…once the seed is planted, usually kids come with a no return policy from the kid store, especially if the Mom doesnt want to abort or is right winged

  2. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  3. Roy Smith says:

    OKAY LOOK LETS KEEP RACE OUT OF IT..YOU HAVE THE JEWS RAPING THEY OWN AND LIKE FOOLS THEY KEEP IT TO THEM SELF AND DONT REPORT IT…THEN YOU HAVE THE PRIEST RAPING BOYS …THEN YOU HAVE THE COACH RAPING BOYS…GUESS WHAT THEY ALL WHITE.THIS PERSON THAT DID THIS TO HIS LITTLE GIRL NEEDED HELP ..AS A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD DO.

  4. p8nt says:

    Some people just shouldn’t breed.

    1. Vernita Worrell says:

      True like that butt hole Dan Te

  5. PAMROD says:

    HE SHOULD SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY!!!!

  6. steve says:

    Take his plane seat and tie it to the back of the plane before take off.

  7. cluxx clamsman says:

    First castrate him, then put him in the woods of NJ for opening day of black bear season.

    1. Maria Wood St-John says:

      They should do the same to that Mother. I saw her on TV and she didn’t look all that upset and more like a vendictive bitch that had something more on her ex. They’re both human waste and should be both flushed.

      1. Trash Hoe says:

        Maria, you human trash b! Because someone didn’t look as upset as you think they should… Die B. Die!

        1. Linda R says:

          Its obvious that Hoe of a Matha drove a good man insain.
          Anyone that saw her on TV could see it in her manor, her attitute, her eyes.
          The eyes gave her away. She caused all this, that’s how the devil works. That B should rot in hell for what she did to a good man and a poor baby.

          1. Im Me says:

            Huh?!? Now you sound super intelligent! You must be the girlfriend of that “good man” you’re defending. SMH

      2. PAMROD says:

        SHE DID SHOW NO EMOTION ON TV. I WOULD BE DEVASTED! PERHAPS SHE IS NUMB.

      3. Natalie says:

        Are you serious?!?!? You should be ashamed of yourself.
        I’ve been with several families who have lost their child.. some suddenly & some were expected. Not one has shown grief in the same way. Some were hysterically crying. Some appeared stoic. Others got angry. Some just stared blankly while others were supportive to friends/family who were also grieving.

        So, do NOT accuse this mother of not looking upset for the 25 seconds you saw her picture on TV.

        1. Vernita Worrell says:

          @Natalie I love all you said. These are a bunch of A**holes on this page.

  8. Felix says:

    Rest in Piece little Angel you were taken away too young ,You must have been so scared and confused and wondering ,why is Daddy doing this too me?Up in heaven you will find your serenity and learn that your Dad was sick and you did nothing wrong.

    1. Give Mommies Control says:

      There is no Heaven. Get over it.

    2. Vernita Worrell says:

      @Felix I love all you had to say.

  9. Haterz Rule says:

    DanTe – you’re the best…I love the finely worded inflammatory comments you purposely leave on all of the different news stories and how they wind everyone up.

    Anyone with an ounce of intelligence should be able to see right through your hateful comments.

    I don’t know what’s more enjoyable to read – your comments, or the responses they generate.

    1. DanTe is the man says:

      CBS should not be censoring DanTe’s comment (its been deleted). As offensive as it sounded, its the hard cold truth sometimes. When did CBS became our mommy shielding us from the sometimes cold reality of life. Its one thing if CBS censors explicit language, spams, personal attacks, religious/political slandering, etc but its goes beyond CBS’s duty.

      1. Devenio says:

        99% of what this racist fool post, gets deleted.

        1. Nick says:

          So you’re saying genetic defects is race? That only a certain race is defective???? And you’re calling people racist??? FOOL.

  10. lieutenantdan says:

    “New Jersey should bring the death penalty back and no man should live the rest of his life knowing that he did this,” she said.

    Substitute no person for no man. Women do kill and abuse children as well.

  11. brooklyn4ever says:

    Our US Marshall’s are the best, but they can get even better by “accidentally” opening the emergency exit while the plane they return him to NJ on is cruising at 33,000 feet and giving the waste of skin a slight push. It will save the people of NJ thousands of dollars in having to keep his sorry butt alive. An eye for an eye! I pray that the mom can get some comfort now knowing this creep can never harm another human ever.

    1. Michael H. says:

      It is impossible to open the cabin door of a jetliner at cruising altitude unless the crew depressurizes the cabin. In order to do that you risk hypoxia and frostbite being inflicted upon all the passengers of the aircraft. Your solution is impractical.

  12. steve says:

    Why couldn’t he have resisted arrest, so the Marshalls could have put two between his eyes. The fact he will now be safe and secure getting three meals and a room is a disgrace.

  13. lucy says:

    This man is slime. He should be tortured for murdering that beautiful angel. That baby girl was an innocent victim to that selfish horrific act he commited. I hope he has a painful death and rots in hell.

  14. rocky says:

    His new roomates will take good care of him EHEHEHEHEEHE

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