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Father arrested in San Diego in drowning death of daughter

A New Jersey man accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter by throwing her into a creek was arrested Tuesday in San Diego by the San Diego Fugitive Task Force.

A nationwide manhunt had been underway for Arthur Morgan III, 27,  in the Nov. 21 death of Tierra Morgan-Glover. Her body was found still strapped in a car seat in a creek about 20 miles from the family home. She had apparently been thrown into the creek from a bridge.

The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service had been searching for Morgan. The case was featured on the America's Most Wanted website. The girl's mother had alerted police when Morgan failed to bring her home after a court-ordered visit.

Morgan was arrested about 4:30 p.m. at a house in San Diego after the task force, part of a network of U.S. Marshals task forces across the country, received a tip about his whereabouts. He appeared to be attempting to flee but was captured without incident.

Morgan was taken to San Diego County jail and will await extradition proceedings to Monmouth County, N.J.

Steve Jurman, supervising deputy of the U.S. Marshals office in San Diego, said that the house had been under surveillance most of the day, when Morgan was spotted on the back porch.


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Photo: Arthur Morgan III after his arrest in San Diego. Credit: San Diego Fugitive Task Force

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