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Man accused in daughter's death to be sent to New Jersey

December 1, 2011 |  5:55 pm

Arthur1A 27-year-old man agreed Thursday to be sent from San Diego to New Jersey to face charges that he killed his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek.

In a hearing in San Diego County Superior Court, Arthur Morgan III opted not to fight extradition. He will be sent under guard to New Jersey in the next three weeks, officials said.

Morgan was arrested Tuesday in San Diego by U.S. marshals after a nationwide manhunt. He is accused of tossing his daughter, Tierra Morgan-Glover, from a bridge into a rural creek in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The child was found a day later strapped into her car seat.

Prosecutors say Morgan was in the midst of a custody battle with the toddler's mother. The mother alerted police after Morgan did not return the child after a court-ordered visitation.

After the FBI and U.S. Marshal's Service began their search, Morgan apparently fled to San Diego, where he once lived . He was staying with a family that was unaware that he was a fugitive. A tip led to a home in San Diego.


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Photo: Arthur Morgan III in court Thursday.

Credit: Dennis Poroy / Associated Press.