SAN DIEGO – A New Jersey man suspected of killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while she still strapped into her car seat has been captured in California.
The U.S. Marshal's Office in San Diego confirmed that 27-year-old Arthur Morgan III was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Morgan was the subject of a nationwide manhunt and had been featured on the website of "America's Most Wanted."
He is charged with the murder of Tierra Morgan-Glover on Nov. 21. Her body was found partially submerged in a creek near a roadway overpass in Shark River Park in Wall Township, N.J., about 20 miles north of her Lakehurst home. Her cause of death was listed as "homicidal violence, including submersion in water."
The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service were among several agencies searching for Tierra's father, who was last seen on a train station platform in Asbury Park, N.J., not far from the park where his daughter's body would later be discovered.
The girl's mother, Imani Benton, called police after Morgan failed to return her from a court-ordered visit.
At least 13 law enforcement agencies in and around New Jersey participated in the search for Morgan, covering airports, train stations, bus depots, and highway bridges and tunnels. He had an apartment in Eatontown, N.J. but had been staying on and off with a friend in Ocean Township, N.J., adjacent to Asbury Park.
An obituary prepared by the church at which her funeral was held gave the child's full name as Tierra La'Shae Camaya Morgan-Glover, "a bright-eyed little girl with a warm smile." Clergy there said Tierra quickly became known as "the church baby" because her radiant smile and warm personality were so noticeable to anyone who attended services there.
They said she enjoyed singing, loved mathematics, and was a quick learner.