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Dad guilty of murder for throwing toddler into N.J. creek

FREEHOLD, N.J. - A New Jersey man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was still strapped into her car seat has been convicted of murder.

Jurors on Thursday found Arthur Morgan III guilty of killing Tierra Morgan-Glover, whose body was pulled from a creek in a park near the Jersey shore in November 2011.

Prosecutors say he killed Tierra to get back at her mother for breaking off their engagement. They say he weighed down her pink car seat with a tire jack.

Morgan could be ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars when he is sentenced later this year.

Defense lawyers had asked the jury to convict Morgan of reckless manslaughter, which could have seen him freed in as little as five years.

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