Mom recalls shock of baby's death at murder trial

Associated Press

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found in a creek, still strapped into her child car seat, cried as she testified about the shock of being told her baby was dead.

Imani Benton testified Thursday at the trial of the girl's father, Arthur Morgan III.

Benton says she began hyperventilating when an FBI agent asked about a Hello Kitty hat her daughter had been wearing when she left hours earlier with her father to go see a movie in 2011.

At the hospital, Benton says she was shown a photo of the lifeless body of Tierra Morgan-Glover and had to identify her.

Defense attorney Ryan Moriarty has asked jurors to judge whether Morgan acted deliberately or in a fit of recklessness as his life spiraled downward.

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