A southeast Missouri man told authorities he suffocated a 3-year-old neighbor he found playing at his backyard swimming pool and then threw her body in a floodway ditch, court documents allege.
Shawn Morgan, 43, was charged over the weekend with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance of Breeann Rodriguez.
The child was last seen Aug. 6 in front of her home near Senath, a town of about 1,500 residents located about 200 miles south of St. Louis in southeast Missouri. Her body has not been found.
Authorities said in a probable cause statement that Morgan admitted to an agent of the Bootheel Drug Task Force that he grabbed Breeann and took her inside his home after finding her standing on the ladder of his pool. Morgan said he suffocated her with a white plastic trash bag and that it “felt like it took an hour for the girl to die,” according to the probable cause statement.
Morgan told police he then tossed the girl’s body in the same trash bag he used to suffocate her and threw it over a railing along Missouri 164 and into a floodway ditch.
He said that when he got home, he dismantled the bicycle the girl had ridden earlier and tossed it in the same water system as the body. A bike found in the water system has been identified as belonging to the girl.
I will never understand how someone could harm a child. I don’t even want to get it! I know I post a lot about crimes against women and children. I just don’t want us to overlook these situations. Unfortunately, women and children are the most vulnerable and I just wish people would stop the sickening madness. This little girl was 3 and he just killed her! Why? Because she wandered to his house and wanted to get in his pool? Really? Why didn’t her parents realize she was gone? I wish they realized. I am so sad for that baby. You see her little cute face? It is all just so crazy to me. We really have to be aware and protect ourselves and our children.