A North Ogden man convicted in the beating death of his daughter has been given a 2002 parole date by the Utah Board of Pardons.
Robert Brock Morgan, 23, at first denied ever abusing 31/2-year-old Ashlee Morgan before he punched her in the abdomen. That blow split her liver, killing her Sept. 10, 1990.The autopsy concluded she had several injuries, some up to a month old, indicating she had suffered prior abuse.
"You showed a complete disregard for the life of a helpless, vulnerable individual," parole board member Pete Haun told Morgan at his July 14 parole hearing.
At the time of his arrest, Morgan denied punching the girl, claiming she may have been poisoned or suc-cumbed to crib death. A 2nd District jury conficted him of manslaughter, punishable by one to 15 years in prison.
The maximum term is not a sufficient penalty, said Morgan's former father-in-law.