A nationwide manhunt ends when the suspect in a child's death was captured in San Diego Tuesday. Federal agents say 27 year old Arthur Morgan threw two year old daughter into a New Jersey creek while strapped to a child seat. The search finally came to a dramatic end at a home on Euclid Avenue in Chollas View. Tony Shin was the first reporter on the scene.
A New Jersey man accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter will return to face charges.
Federal agents say Arthur Morgan III threw his daughter into a New Jersey creek while the child was still strapped to a car seat.
Morgan took his daughter Tierra Morgan-Glover for a court-approved visit on Nov. 21. The toddler's body was found the next day in her car seat, which was partially submerged in a stream about 20 miles north of her home.
The FBI said the stream runs beneath an overpass, suggesting the child and the car seat were thrown from the overpass.
Morgan fled New Jersey and a nationwide manhunt began. He was even featured on the national crime show "America's Most Wanted."
The search ended when officials found Morgan in San Diego, arresting him Tuesday at a home on Euclid Avenue in Chollas View.
About 40 marshals and deputies surrounded the home sometime around 4:15 p.m and attempted to take Morgan into custody. He tried to flee to the back of the home -- but was taken into custody without further incident on the back patio of the home.
At his extradition hearing held Thursday, an expressionless Morgan walked into a hearing Thursday in San Diego and immediately signed papers waiving his right to contest extradition. If he had fought his return, it would have delayed his return by as much as 120 days.
The judge ordered him to be returned by Dec. 21 to New Jersey, where his bail was set at $10 million. Deputy District Attorney Sylvia Tenorio said Morgan will likely return before then but she said the exact date will not be made public for security reasons.
“As you know, this man is accused of murdering his two-year-old daughter and it's a very, very serious case, so we were incredibly interested in making sure justice was done,” said Sylvia Tenorio, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney.
Morgan is charged with murder, interstate flight to avoid prosecution and child custody offenses.
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