Guam – Superior Court probation officer Anthony Morcilla has entered a plea of not guilty to negligent homicide charges in the death of his 2-year-old daughter. Morcilla appeared in court today and asked Judge Alberto Tolentino if he could go back to work–the same place where he carried his daughter’s lifeless body into earlier this month. Judge Tolentino agreed.
Morcilla was indicted last week by a grand jury on charges of negligent homicide, leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle and child abuse. A manslaughter charge made by the Attorney General’s Office was rejected in the indictment. Morcilla was also, at one point, facing a first degree murder charge and was held on $250,000 bail. He was released to third party custodians and the murder charge was downgraded to manslaughter.
Morcilla is accused of forgetting to drop his daughter, Amanda, to daycare on April 3rd and leaving her trapped in his truck at the Superior Court parking lot where he worked. Amanda wasn’t discoverd until about 7 hours later when Morcilla returned to his car and found her lifeless body. According to police, he carried his daughter’s body back into the probation office and phoned 911 for help.
Now, Morcilla will be returning to that same office where his daughter’s burnt body once laid surrounded by coworkers. His request to return to work was granted. The US Probation Office has been handling his case and today acknowledged that Morcilla has been complying with his bail conditions.
His next hearing is scheduled for May 7 at 9 am.