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Family Struggles To Accept Jersey Toddler’s Murder [AUDIO]

The coffin of Tierra Morgan is carried out of the Cathedral International Church in Asbury Park (photo by Ilya Hemlin)
The coffin of Tierra Morgan is carried out of the Cathedral International Church in Asbury Park (photo by Ilya Hemlin)

The Jersey father charged with murdering his two year old daughter, by tossing her into a creek while strapped in her car seat, makes an initial appearance in a San Diego courtroom today.

Arthur Morgan was arrested in a nearby southern California home by U.S. marshals on Tuesday – accused of killing two year old Tierra Morgan following a court-supervised visit a week and a half ago.

Tierra Morgan’s maternal grandmother, Michelle Simmons, is struggling to understand how things could have gone so terribly wrong.

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“I don’t understand what made him do that” she says, “that’s not the person who I knew and loved – so I don’t know what made him do that.”

Simmons says the fact that Morgan killed Tierra is shocking- completely unexpected…but the fact that her own daughter Imani and Morgan “was having domestic problems – we knew, and we just tried to keep em all close to us to try solve some of their problems.”

She also says now that Morgan has been captured- and will be brought back to Jersey to stand trial – it does create an unexpected burden, “because I thought they would have found him dead-because the person that I knew- I just can’t imagine him doing that to his baby – I just couldn’t imagine him doing that to Tierra -but they found him alive and hopefully he’ll get the maximum for the crime that he did – hopefully we’ll all be able to come together and continue life.”

Simmons adds she will lean on her other two daughters – with her two remaining grandchildren – because “you know we gotta all be there for Imani – to make sure that she gets through it okay.”

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