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Male neighbor charged in death of missing three-year-old

Saturday, August 13, 2011

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Shawn Morgan, 43, a neighbor of the Rodriguez family has been formally charged by prosecutors in Dunklin County in connection to the death of Breeann Rodriguez, 3, who has been missing since one week ago today.
The neighbor of three-year-old Breeann Rodriguez has been formally charged in the child's disappearance and death.

According to Prosecuting Attorney for Dunklin County, Stephen P. Sokoloff, who spoke at a press conference around 1 p.m., Saturday, Shawn Morgan, 43, of Senath has been charged with the felony counts of First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection to the missing child case that has been covered by local and national media since Saturday, August 6, the day little Breeann was reported missing by her family.

Sokoloff, joined by Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, and Senath Chief of Police Omar Karnes, met with members of the press at the Dunklin County Justice Center on Saturday after word got out that a suspect had been taken into custody, earlier that morning. Sokoloff said that it is charged that Morgan caused the death of Rodriguez by suffocating her, but was unable to provide any further details. He was also unable to comment on whether or not Morgan had prior convictions or was a registered sex offender. The prosecutor did confirm that he was a neighbor of the young girl and her family who lives on Ode Johnson Street in Senath. The child was reported missing by her parents who said the preschooler was outside near the front yard of the residence riding bikes with her older brother, age 5. The sibling reportedly went into the residence for a drink and it was later discovered that Breeann was no longer on her pink and purple bicycle. The mother and father began searching for their daughter for around 30 minutes before calling police. Since that time, a group of local volunteers and law enforcement officials, have teamed with the FBI and other specialty search groups in an attempt to locate the missing girl.

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Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, left, Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff, center, and City of Senath Police Chief Omar Karnes, right, hold a press conference at the Dunklin County Justice Center in Kennett on Saturday afternoon relating to the missing child case.
"Officers from the Senath Police Department, Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, Dunklin County Major Case Squad, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI, have worked around the clock to attempt to locate the girl," Sokoloff said at the press conference.

The prosecutor, as well as the sheriff and police chief, commented on the outpour of support from the local community, recognizing the efforts of neighbors and friends throughout Dunklin County who tirelessly dedicated themselves to spreading the word about the case, physically scouring the area for the missing child, and aiding the needs of law enforcement involved in the search.

Sokoloff said that Morgan is being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center awaiting a court date that has been set for Tuesday, August 16. Dunklin County Circuit Judge John C. Spielman issued a no bond order in the case against Morgan who will appear in court at approximately 9 a.m., on the charges against him.

The prosecuting attorney did say that at this time in the investigation it is unlikely that anyone else will be charged in connection to the case and that the family has been notified of recent developments. He also added that as search teams conduct their investigation into locating the body of the young girl, any new developments will be released as they become available.

Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder said that members of his agency and the Dunklin County Major Case Squad, in addition to the state's Department of Conservation, are presently dragging waters in areas of interest that exist in Dunklin County and searching other territories where Rodriguez's body might be found. He did not elaborate on where the searches are specifically taking place and asked for the community's cooperation so as to not compromise the integrity of the investigation.


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So sad, another innocent life taken for self gratification. Jesus help us all to understand why, keep a watchful eye on this family and give them strength. Amen

-- Posted by ghostbuster#178 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 2:20 PM

If it becomes more clear he is guilty, our prayers should be directed toward a jury in possession of more "common sense" than the one in Florida!

-- Posted by semo7178 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 2:57 PM

This is so heartbreaking, why is there so much cruelty in the world. My condolences to the family and friends of this precious child. I just hope they find her tiny body soon so she can be with her family. I was certainly hoping for a better outcome, but deep down I knew this would happen.

-- Posted by Star_gazer on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 3:23 PM

I was praying hard that little Breann would be found alive.. It Is heartbreaking to know that she will not.. I will keep the Rodriguez family in my prayers.. and I hope soon they will find little Breann's body..

-- Posted by Hello-Kitty1993 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 3:42 PM

I just signed on, and I am so shocked at another child being killed by the hands of MONSTERS... Children fear monsters and this is exactly what this scumbag is. This should be a WAKE UP call to parents that u cannot trust anyone, and I mean anyone. Innocent children pulled off the street, playgrounds, and yes,their own yard has got to stop .. PLease do not let your young children wander outside without an adult .. U may save that child's life. Here is another family grieving over the lossof their 3 year old daughter. God be with them thru this difficult time.

-- Posted by seekjustice on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 3:47 PM

DEAR GOD OUR FATHER who art in HEAVEN,RAIN JUST DOWN NOW LORD for this little precious sweet baby girl,let her body be found soon.

I AM GLAD i am not hthis man's JUDGE, the dregs of HUMANITY for i would have NO MERCY on him!

I know in my SOUL GOD has a very SPECIAL place in HELL for this peice of trash!

WE ARE PRAYING for BREEANN'S FAMILY.We are so sorry for their terrible loss.

A.M.A.L.P MINISTRY

www.voices4missing.ning.com

-- Posted by dedekeene on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 4:01 PM

Dear Police, Will you please release this POS to the father and family of BreeAnn.

-- Posted by Donnar2015 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 4:18 PM

I can not believe this! May this man burn in hell, i have no simpathy for this stupid idiot! Words cant describe how sorry i feel for this family, may God strengthen them through this horrible time.. I will be praying for them here in weslaco,Texas.

R.I.P. Little Breeann Rdz..

-- Posted by Pmarti22 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 4:25 PM

I am confused. How can they know she is dead, if she is still missing? Is there something the public doesn't know? The headline itself doesn't even make sense. With that said, my heart is heavy for everyone involved. May god give her family the strength to get through this trying time.

-- Posted by Rocky09 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 4:37 PM

I want Breeann's family to know that people from far and wide care. Houston,Texas.

-- Posted by the madre on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 4:51 PM

My prayers for this child and her family. May they be given peace. No parent should have this ordeal. No words can express my sincere sympathy.

-- Posted by spersons_98@yahoo.com on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 5:29 PM

Uhh @Donnaar2015, the POS is probably wishing they police would release him; cuz he is probably receiving a lil bootheel po-po justice!!! lol

-- Posted by ghostbuster#178 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 8:35 PM

To Rocky9, he obviously confessed to smothering her, since they don't have a body yet.

-- Posted by Star_gazer on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 8:49 PM

How do they know he suffocated her if they have not located the body? If he confessed he suffocated her then he would likely say where the body is also. If he confessed to suffocating her and won't say where the body is then his confession is likely false and she might be somewhere still alive. Even if a cadaver dog hit on something doesn't mean they would know cause of death or even if the dog is hitting on some other remains. Something very weird with this story that he "suffocated her" but there is no body. Meanwhile she could be alive somewhere.

-- Posted by LisaDe on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 9:18 PM

Our hearts are broken! Dear Familia Rodriguez, I want you to know that we have been on top of your story every day. My mother prays for your daughther every day and today she pray to God "please give us a sign" Please know that we are so sad about this news and we can't imagine what you are going through. May Lord give you (fuerzas) strenght for this pain and we will continue praying for you and for Breeann. Every day I keep checking on this case and hoping she will be safe. Honestly, I am still deep inside having faith. God help us find her, and God Bless you. Amen

From Alpharetta, GA (The familia Umanzor)

-- Posted by vbernal18 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 10:08 PM

Rodrigues family and the entire community of Senath is in my prayers. I know everyone is shocked and confused that one of the home town people could have done this. Breeann I lift up a prayer to heaven for you to God as he holds you in his hands ask him to whisper it to you one of heavens angels.

-- Posted by mcmomma01 on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 10:28 PM

When are we going to take a stand and put these monsters away for ever? My heart is heavy with pain for this family and for their beautiful child. We have to keep our eyes on our children more so than ever as the world is becoming more & more unsafe. Our children are so precious I cannot imagine what goes through the minds of these evil beings that take them. If anyone commits this crime they should be put into a room with the parents of the child who's life they took. Let the parents choose their course of justice and without punishment allow them to persue their form of justice for their child. Also shame on any defense attorney to represent the rights of these evil beings. Where are the rights of the children who simply want to play in their yard? All too often we forget about the children in the name of justice for the monsters that are out there. It has to stop, the laws have to change make it stop. The penalty for anyone who takes a child resulting in rape or death should be DEATH. Again, only after spending an hour privatley with the parents to do what ever they need to do.Forgiveness? I think not.We are all to forgiving, and if it works for some so be it, however I could not forgive. I pray I never know what I would actually do, but it would be impossible to understand how & why this could happen. Again, it has to stop. Perhaps if these monsters knew the penalty they would think of themselves selfishly [and selfish is what they are] and therefore not commit these unspeakable,unthinkable crimes.I pray for this family and every child that has been lost. This is the worst way to lose a child, worse than illness or an accident, etc. The worst! So we as parents have to be so overprotective that children have less & less freedom to play and simply have a life full of innocence and trust. Dear family of Breeann, may you know that your child is resting in the arms of the Lord forever and may your family some day find peace. I am also angry that no Amber alert was issued. That is unaceptable, just because it's a small town? No, we have to take a stand for our children and our families and our society.May we someday be civilized again. The Lord must cry a little more each day. Shame on us.

-- Posted by grandma'slove on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 11:15 PM

We pray to the Lord, our God, to comfort the hearts of her parents since He is the only one who can do it. About little Breeann, she is in a much better place than this one, where there is not suffering, not cry, not pain, the place that belongs to children. God bless you.

Mision Cristiana El Calvario, L.V.

-- Posted by M.C. El Calvario, L.V. on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 3:31 AM

don't get your hopes up too much, sokoloff will either deferr prosecution or take 3 years to prosecute him. maybe with the media attention, he will be forced to carry out justice this time.

-- Posted by man about town on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 6:40 AM

just remember in the end it is god that will give him what he deserves

-- Posted by private man on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:03 AM

as much as we the public would like to see justice as we see fit,just let the lord deal with this animal. he will get his just dessert

-- Posted by private man on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:07 AM

How are you charging him with murder, when there is no body, and has he confessed or what?

-- Posted by terri63379 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:45 AM

My sympathy goes out to the family. However, this only goes to show that no matter where you live bad things can happen.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR KIDS!!! Don't let a 5 year old be in charge of a 3 year old.

-- Posted by Former Kennetian on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 4:10 PM

To the human piece of trash that did such a horrible and heinous crime ... may you rot in Hell. It is much better for you that you suffer your fate at the hands of the penal system or even God's hands, than mine. I would have no sympathy or remorse. I am repulsed by this kind of animal. Although I am not a religious man, I am a God Fearing man. I know God can't answer all prayers, I truly wished he would answer the prayers for little children like this. My prayers go out the family with my deepest and solemn sympathies.

-- Posted by bigjim755 on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 5:58 PM

He will definitely be judged by a higher power! That power is greater than anything we would like to do to him. I pray that God gives the families involved peace. To lose such a small life is a pain no parent should ever have to endure. I pray that God gives you strength and endurance through this time.

-- Posted by JDIP on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 7:54 PM

I just cant believe this is happening i just wish for a miracle that this little ange is still alive. but im so mad that they didnt put the amber alert maybe the story would be different right now, i just dont want to think that the police is taking this case different just because she is hispanic i just hope im wrong. and im still prayin for the family.

-- Posted by mmata on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 9:59 PM

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I am have checking on this case every day. I am from the area, and know it well, but relocated over 800 miles away, many years ago. I, like so many others, have hoped and prayed for this family. I am so, so sorry. May God Bless You.

-- Posted by kzh on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:42 PM

They're obviously lying to the public... That's how this world works these days... They control what u know by exactly what they put in the media.. Ask someone actually involved in the case if u wanna know what happened. Some say guy was driving drunk and ran the girl over then dumped the body. Makes alot more sense, since they haven't found the body yet

-- Posted by lilbigboy on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 12:46 AM

I believe the Senath police should have made a 360 perimeter around the little girls home and searched house to house in within a mile diameter. Since he was a neighbor they would have found her pretty quickly. I know I dont have the Case files or am liberty to the investigation but I hope that the Senath police Department still has to go to the Academy before working. I am glad that my Mother married a man that got my family out of that town. I am sorry that I still ahve family there and I am sorry for the family that lost thier littl girl. I am infuriated with a Police Department that does not look or act like they patrol the town. I have been back in Senath on numerous occasions and am disgusted at how many times I see the Police squad cars resting at the station. Either hire proactive Officers or elect a proactive Chief. I am tired of hearing that stories from my family on how much they are hurt by things that happen in that town. It's not the same town my Grandfather lived and died in. It's not the same town I grew up in. Hopefully something will be done to get rid of all the drugs and crimes that I hear of happening in such a small town. Again I am truly sorry for this to have happened to such a sweet little girl. I hope the Court System works a little harder and is more dedicated than the Senath police Department. A child is missing more than a week and the Families home and the neighbors homes are not searched...I have only been in Law Enforcement for 13 years, but maybe I'm wrong! God will care for little Breeann now.

-- Posted by fedcop21 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 12:26 PM

fedcop21 i agree with you on all points. I also believe more could have been done. ive been in law enforcment and also the fireservice so like you i know more than most in sop in cases like this. i just wish more training and dedication and updated procedures could be put in place.

-- Posted by private man on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 12:39 PM

The Senath Police did everything possible to do. If you would read all the stories, with what Morgan said and the family, she was already gone by the time the police were alerted. He suffocated and then threw her in the river. He told them where, but of course the body would move from there and they are searching.

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-- Posted by KHS1975 on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 4:32 AM

My heart goes out to the family for their loss.I don't know how they feel about monster who did this ,but I know how I feel. BRING BACK PUBLIC HANGINGS ON THE SQUARE.or let him die the way the baby did. Allow other idots see how we deal with monsters like him.

-- Posted by heartbroken granny on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:31 PM

My prayers go out to the family of this little girl. This goes to show you that you can not trust anyone. You can not let your children play outside anymore without an adult present, this world is not like it use to be when I was growing up. This man needs to suffer just as much as this family is suffering. It is going to be hard on his children to accept that he will never come home, but it is also for their protection as well, because who is to say he could not turn on his own family. God be with both families as they adjust to the changes in their lifes. My prayers and thoughts are with them all. God bless.

-- Posted by bebop17331 on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 10:05 AM


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