SAN DIEGO -- A man arrested in San Diego in connection with the killing of his daughter -- who was thrown from a New Jersey bridge into a stream while she was strapped in a child car seat -- waived his right to fight extradition Thursday and will be taken back to the East Coast to face murder charges.
In a brief fugitive arraignment in San Diego Superior Court, Arthur E. Morgan III, 27, agreed to voluntarily return to New Jersey. New Jersey authorities are expected to take Morgan back to the East Coast in the next 20 days, said Deputy District Attorney Sylvia Tenorio.
"My understanding is that he'll likely be picked up much sooner than that,'' the prosecutor said outside court.
Members of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force arrested Morgan without incident at a duplex in the 800 block of Euclid Avenue in southeast San Diego about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Omar Castillo, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Morgan allegedly killed his 2-year-old daughter, Tierra, on Nov. 21 by hurling her from a bridge over a stream in a park in Wall Township, N.J. A group of teenagers found the child's body face-down and partially submerged in the waterway the following day, according to the FBI.
New Jersey authorities recently got information that the suspect -- the subject of a nationwide manhunt -- might be staying with friends in San Diego and alerted the Marshals Service, Castillo said.
According to news reports, Morgan and the child's mother were involved in a contentious custody dispute, and the alleged slaying occurred just after the suspect took the child to a court-appointed visit.