By Jim Kouri
Following a national manhunt, Arthur E. Morgan III was captured on Tuesday in San Diego, California, according to a report obtained from Monmouth County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office by the National Association of Chiefs of Police Child Protection Committee.
Morgan was wanted for his alleged involvement in the death of his 2-year-old daughter. On November 22, 2011, the body of a 2-year-old child, still strapped in her car seat, was found partially submerged in a stream in Shark River Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
The 27-year old Morgan was supposed to return the child to her mother on November 21 following a custody visit. When Morgan failed to return the child, he was charged in the Ocean County Superior Court with endangering the welfare of a child and interference with child custody, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest.
Once the child’s body was discovered and identified, Morgan was officially charged with homicide in Monmouth County and federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and New Jersey and federal arrest warrants were issued on November 23, 2011.
Morgan used a number of aliases including Arthur Glovermorgan, Arthur Glover, Eugene Rossi, Arthur Morgan III, Arthur Morgan, Arthur Eugene Morgan.
The FBI investigates a number of crimes against children that fall under federal jurisdiction. These crimes may include: child sexual assault, child physical abuse, child abduction, and Internet crimes against children.
Often — as in the case of Morgan — there is a joint investigation between the FBI and local law enforcement which may include: city, county, state, and/or tribal agency involvement.