La'Shae Camaya Morgan - Glover
March 14, 2009
- November 21, 2011
A Grave Memorial
Tierra came to be known as "the church
baby" due to her bright eyes, radiant smile and her warm personality
were evident to anyone who attended the church services. Tierra love
to sing, she loved mathematics and is said to have been a fast learner.
Apparently, the only person who could
not see what a precious gift this Angel truly was, was her father.
A video of Arthur E. Morgan III, who was
27 years old at the time, shows him stone faced, while in court for the
murder of his daughter, Tierra Morgan - Glover who was only two and a
half years old when he tossed her, strapped into her car seat, into a
creek. Reports say that Arthur used a car jack to weigh down the car
seat to be sure that Tierra would not be able to survive. Arthur walked
away from the bridge and showed up at a friends house where he
proceeded to drink and eventually he would board a train and disappear.
Arthur had taken Tierra for a scheduled visit and never returned her to
her mother, Imani Benton who called the police to report that Arthur
had not brought her daughter home.
American's Most Wanted featured Arthur on one of their shows. The FBI
and U.S. Marshals were only a few of those who were searching for
Arthur after he took a train leaving from
Ashbury Park, N.J. which was not very far from the area where he had
thrown his daughter to her death. Arthur
was eventually caught while he was staying at a home in San Diego,
Imani heard about Arthur's arrest after arriving at a friends house
where she heard people screaming and cheering:
"They got him. They got
In court, Deputy First
Assistant Prosecutor Richard Incremona told Superior Court Judge,
Thomas F. Scuttly, that Arthur tossed his daughter off of the bridge
while she was awake, alert and left helpless. Detectives have put
Arthur at the scene of the crime and have evidence showing he has ties
to the car seat that Tierra was strapped into. Richard Incremona stated
that Arthur had lost his job a week before and that he did not know of
anyone in the community who would vouch for him. Bail was set at 10
million dollars, cash only.
couldn't get out of the car. I just had to sit and let the tears fall
for a minute. I hope that
story and my situation can prevent another mother going through what I
have to go
It doesn't matter what a person does in the streets, you never know
going through behind closed doors"
The Judge asked Arthur if he understood the charges against him and
with a non caring attitude and tone, he stated "Yes I do", at that
point, the Judge read him his right. Arthur
was charged with murder, endangering the welfare of a child and
interference with custody, in Ocean County.
Allison Tucker, Arthur's Lawyer objected to the 10 million dollar bail
and asked for it to be reduced:
I would simply remind the court is despite how many times the
Grandmother, Michelle Simmons, who is Imani's mother was disgusted that
she was unable to see any sign of remorse on the face of Arthur during
the court appearance:
say that he did these things, my client does have the presumption of
does attach to him and this court should consider that. 10 million
dollars bail for a person
who's qualified for the use of the Public Defenders office is excessive
and way beyond
bail guidelines and I would ask for something more reasonable in light
of his indigency
as well as in light of presumption of innocence"
that Judge did not agree:
you...I'm going to conclude that it is manifestly appropriate for this
bail to remain
at 10 million dollars, cash only. Applying the law as I'm required to
accordingly I have no
intention of adjusting this bail in any manner.
had a smirk on his face like he didn't care and he did it because he
wanted to hurt everybody.
I don't understand it. I just don't understand it. I hope he gets the
maximum amount of time they
can give him. He seemed like he could do it again. And if Imani
would've went with him that night,
which is what he wanted, he would've done her in too"
Larry Grover, Arthur's Uncle told
that it had been hard for him to be in the courtroom:
"It was very hard to
see him. It was very hard to see his girlfriend upset the way she was"
Larry said that he had been together with
the family on special occasions and he that he would never have
believed that Arthur could do what he was being accused of and that he
didn't believe at this point that the weight of what had happened, had
hit his nephew. His biggest question
to Arthur is going to be "WHY?:
He loved that little girl. I would never have believed that. There were
no winners in this
Everybody lost in this. And we just all gotta pray. I just can't wait
to talk to him, I have talk
to him cause I gotta know the question everybody will wanna know, WHY.
And that's the
question I gotta find out, whey did he do that. Until I talk to him, I
gotta clear my head and
understand why he did that"
Imani was crying and close to collapsing
as she left the courtroom with her God -Sister, Laquite Blacks, her
mother and another friend. Reporters approached and were waved off as
the women wiped away tears.
Arthur was being held at the Monmouth
County Jail in Freehold Township. A spokesperson was not able to
comment about the conditions under which he was being held:
"Measures are in place
to safeguard everyone at the jail, including Mr. Morgan. Details as to
where he is house are not being released as it could compromise the
security of the facilities"
In April of 2014, Arthur E. Morgan III, who was by then 30
years old, was found guilty of intentional murder and child
In May of 2014, Arthur E. Morgan III was sentenced spend the rest of
his life in prison by Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci. As he
was being taken out of the court room to start his sentence, Arthur
turned to the cameras and winked. He gave a long winded explanation of
his wink, but then said it was for his sister, who he had named his
daughter after and who had flown in from California to be there at his
trial. Arthur went on to say it was to reassure his sister that he was
not upset about the conviction.
Judge Mellaci told Arthur that if the death penalty had been available,
he would have been the number one candidate for it.
Lawmaker Wants To Bring Back Death Penalty
As many people in New
Jersey struggle with the brutal killing of 2 year old Tierra Morgan -
Glover, Senator Robert Singer (R-30) was interviewed by Fox 5 News
legislation that would reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey for
those who commit the most heinous crimes, including
killing a child.
MYFOXNY.COM - The death penalty was killed on the floor of the New
Jersey Legislature four years ago. Now a new bill is breathing new life
into this controversial issue
At least one family is watching closely.
Sammon Simmons, the uncle of murdered toddler Tierra Morgan - Glover,
wants the accused killer to face the death penalty.
"Our family's suffering you know what I'm saying," Simmons said. "I
don't believe the guy should suffer" Arthur Morgan III Morgan, Tierra's
father, is accused of tossing his
own daughter in a creek, where she drowned. "The things he did was just
terrifying," Simmons said. "You wouldn't
believe anybody would do anything like that
to their children."
State Sen. Robert Singer, R-Ocean County, wants to bring the death
penalty back, but only for what he calls "heinous crimes."
"Killing a police officer, killing a child in the state of New Jersey,
mass murderers of people acts of terrorism kill people deserve to have
the death penalty," he said.
Singer voted against repealing the death penalty in 2007. He said his
new bill has a lot of support in the legislature. Ed Martone, the
director of the New Jerseyans for
Alternatives to the Death Penalty, does not support the bill. He said
life without parole is a sufficient and
severe punishment. He said the Death Penalty doesn't work.
"Capital punishment for us is tantamount to 8-track players and buggy
whips - it's something we tried, it's outdated, it never worked well,"
The bill hasn't moved since Singer introduced it months ago. He blames
politics for getting in the way. But he said he hopes now that people
know about it they will pressure their
own legislators to act on it.