Trial continues for Prince George father in murder of infant daughter

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Updated by Iva Radman – email

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) – A murder trial continues Friday for the Prince George man accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter.

Khloe Morgan was two months and 21 days when her life ended.

"She really liked to play and roll around on the floor. She liked it when you'd talk to her," said Heather Tally, Khloe's aunt.

Khloe's father, 30-year-old Larry Morgan Junior, is charged in her death. In court, prosecutors painted Morgan as a stressed out -- frustrated father who lost control and shook Khloe to death inside their  Prince George home back in October 2009.

They say Khloe had massive brain swelling. The little girl's mother was too emotional to talk on camera. Khloe's grandfather had plenty to say.

"She was a beautiful child -- a twin. It's tough without her. We all miss her very much," said Douglas Talley.

Morgan's defense team calls Khloe's death an unexplained tragedy. They say, the little girl was experiencing constipation and breathing problems the day of her death. The defense says when Morgan checked on Khloe she was limp and unresponsive -- he called 911. They also say Khloe had no bruises on her body.

"We're just hoping justice prevails here," said Douglas Talley.

The prosecution and the defense told the jury about a taped police interview Morgan did shortly after Khloe's death. In it, Morgan apparently admits to shaking the baby. The defense asked the jury to take those words in context. The defense says that admission came after a daylong interview -- that Morgan broke down and told police what they wanted to hear.

"We spend a lot of time at the cemetery trying to be with her," said Douglas Talley.

If convicted, Morgan faces up to 40 years behind bars. Morgan's trial is expected to wrap up on Friday.

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