Morgan takes plea deal for his role in daughter’s death

Morgan takes plea deal for his role in

Richard C. MorganBy Jan Dona
Richard C. Morgan, 28, of Gillespie, accepted a plea deal that sentences him to four years, six months with the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in the death of his daughter, 3-month-old Nevaeh Marie Morgan, in November 2011.

The deal requires Morgan serve a two-year mandatory sentence and that he gets credit for the 508 days he’s already served in the Macoupin County Jail. Under the terms of the agreement, Morgan will likely be released sometime next summer.

Morgan plead guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter, a class 2 felony.  The indictment was handed down by a grand jury in February 2012. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Jordan Garrision, the indictment said the defendant, acting in a wreckless manner, performed an act likely to cause death or great bodily harm to Nevaeh Marie Morgan, in that he unintentionally killed the minor by putting a baby wipe in her mouth.

Morgan was taken into custody on Feb. 6, 2012, and has been held at Macoupin County Jail on $100,000 bond. He will be transferred to Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro.

At the time of his arrest, Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson credited hospital officials for contacting authorities regarding the infant’s death.

The child was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, where she was pronounced dead at 1:49 p.m., Nov. 23, 2011.