Man who tossed 2 year-old daughter off bridge adds to outrage by Winking to Prosecutors in CourtMonday, April 07, 2014
He confessed to throwing his two year-old daughter off a bridge, where she drowned in the stream underneath. Despite that, however, Arthur Morgan, 29, faced the prospect of being found not guilty of murder in his trial, which ended Thursday. Once the jury spoke, Morgan’s actions in the courtroom added to the outrage caused by his deadly treatment of his daughter.
After learning his fate, Morgan actually gave a very visible wink to the prosecutors who have spent the better part of three years ensuring he heard the answer to the question that Superior Court Judge Anthony Mellaci asked of jurors.
The jury of 12 found Morgan guilty of pulling his own daughter out of his car while she was strapped into her car seat, while parked on the Schoolhouse Road Bridge in Shark River Park in Wall Township in late November 2011. Prosecutors said that Morgan attached a five-pound jack from his car to the car seat, then threw the girl in the weighted car seat over the bridge and into the stream below, where she eventually drowned......his daughter's picture when you continue...
Morgan could still hear his baby crying as he drove away, according to his own confession, which was recorded by police in San Diego eight days after the killing. Morgan had fled to Southern California, setting off a nationwide manhunt in the wake of his remarkable crime.
Morgan and the girl’s mother, Imani Benton, who was in court for the verdict, had a strained relationship when he’d picked up their daughter the evening of November 21, 2011. He told Benton that he was taking the girl to see the children’s movie “Happy Feet II.”