A New Jersey man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his 2-year-old daughter by throwing her into a creek while she was strapped into a car seat tied to a tire jack in November 2011.
Arthur Morgan III’s relationship with his daughter’s mother did not end well and he wanted to rob her of the “most precious thing in her life,” according to the prosecution.
In court on May 28, Morgan, of Monmouth County, apologized, but not for killing his daughter.
“I want to say I’m sorry for the deterioration of what I thought was a beautiful friendship between the two of us that blossomed into a daughter,” Morgan told Imani Benton, the toddler’s mother. “For anybody that was truly affected by this, I hope we can all heal from this situation, knowing Tierra is in a better place.”
However, Benton did not feel Morgan’s sympathy and wants him to suffer in prison.
“I don’t understand why she was taken from me,” Benton told the Huffington Post. “It does give me peace to know that she is in Heaven with God, and will pay for what he did to her, to me and to everyone else. No good will come to him.”
Judge Anthony Mellaci Jr. noted before handing down his sentence that New Jersey had abolished the death penalty.
“You’d be candidate No. 1 for its imposition,” Mellaci told Morgan in court. “Your actions were horrific, unthinkable and appalling.”
Morgan inexplicably insisted that he was a good father when asked to explain his actions, which resulted in last month’s murder conviction.
“This child was alive when she was placed in the water in pitch darkness, and had to suffer the unthinkable action of having water rush in and fill her lungs while strapped into that car seat,” the judge said according to The Associated Press. “This child suffered before she died.”