Missing 2-year-old girl found dead in Monmouth Co. park

NEPTUNE - A 2-year-old girl who was reported missing earlier today has been found dead.

Imani Benton, 24, says that police told her that the body of her daughter, Tierra Morgan, was found in Shark River Park, off of School House Road.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the 2-year-old's father, Arthur Morgan III. Morgan was apparently having a court-ordered visit with the toddler before she went missing, officials say.

A friend of the toddler's mother says the baby was staying in a safe house with the mother. The friend says Benton would never have let Morgan take his daughter if it wasn't court-ordered. The friend also says that Benton is currently in the hospital.

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