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Body of missing 3-year-old found near Hornersville

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BreeAnn Rodriguez
Updated: 10:10 p.m., Aug. 16

DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. -- In a release from the Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, Senath Police Chief Omar Karnes, and Dunklin County Prosecuting Attoreny Stephen P. Sokoloff have confirmed that law enforcement officers working the investigation of the disappearance of 3-year-old BreeAnn Rodriguez have located what are believed to be the child's remains near the floodway ditches northeast of Hornersville, Mo., approximately eight miles southeast of her home in Senath, Mo.

According to the officials, her remains were located by an officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol, who was searching by boat.

Shortly after the discovery, authorities notified the child's parents, Edgar Rodriguez and Claudia Ramos, that her body was found.

"We appreciate all the help and support from the community in what has been a difficult time for all," Holder said. "We are saddened to confirm our fears, but glad we have been able to recover her for her parents."

Rodriguez and her bicycle disappeared near her home on Ode Johnson Street just over a week ago.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, authorities announced Shawn Morgan, 43, of Ode Johnson Street in Senath, had been arrested in connection to the disappearance and death of the child.

On Monday, Aug. 15, a probable cause of death affidavit was released relating to the young child's death.

According to the affidavit, on Friday, Aug. 12, authorities conducted an interview with Shawn Morgan, 43, of Senath, who stated on the day the child went missing, he discovered her standing on the ladder at the pool in his backyard. Morgan said he went to the girl, grabbed her, and carried her inside his house, where he used a white plastic trash bag to suffocate her, by holding it over her face and mouth.

Shawn Morgan
The affidavit continues, adding Morgan then stated he placed the child's body in the same trash bag, drove to the floodway ditches at Highway 164, and disposed of her by throwing her over the railing. Morgan added that upon returning to his residence, he dismantled the bicycle that Rodriguez had been riding, and disposed of it in the same river system.

Morgan has been charged with the felony counts of First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He made his first court appearance earlier today (Tuesday).

During his arraignment, Judge John Spielman read the charges against Morgan, and inquired about counsel. Morgan said he had not yet acquired an attorney.

A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, to allow Morgan time to acquire an attorney.

Morgan is currently being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center with no bond.

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So so sad. I was still holding out that she might still be found alive. Cannot imagine what her family is going thru. Cannot imagine what the Morgan family is going thru. My heart just breaks for all of them. I hope that everyone can find it in their hearts to be compassionate.

-- Posted by beechcornerleda on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 8:53 PM

POS! I hope he suffers a painful death!

-- Posted by Pmarti22 on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:06 PM

thank god she has been found. my prayers along with many others have been answered. THANK YOU GOD

-- Posted by private man on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:08 PM

my heart goes out to her family i know the miss there baby i am also a father of a 3yr old thoughts and prayers go out i hope he gets death or never gets out he must be a very heartless soul to kill a poor baby breann will be missed she can rest with god now

-- Posted by plowboyjr on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:16 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out the the Rodriguez family and to the wife and kids of the Morgan family. And the threats against the wife and kids need to stop. They did no wrong. I understand the public is upset, but this man did this, not the wife and kids. Nothing is going to bring Breann back, and all that can help the Rodriguez family now is for everyone to pull together and help them in their time of grief and comfort them. Pray for them and that God can help them and hold them close in His arms and comfort them as only He can right now and in the coming months. SOB Morgan isnt going to get off so easy. When he gets to wherever they send him, he will pay dearly for what he has done. Even the most vicious killers dont like child molesters or child killers in there. Not saying he is a child molester, but he did take a childs life, and that is high on the list. He deserves what he did to her, done to him many times over and just at the last minute, let him revive, then do it over and over, and then go from there. And anything else they find that he did to her. An eye for an eye. No child should be taken from their parents like this or any other way unless it is for the better, and this was not that case. His kids should be questioned to see if he was mean to them in any way. I think that would make things even worse on him. Thats all I have to say about this right now. I am getting angry!

-- Posted by mistyblue on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:49 PM


MY Heart aches knowing the terror and UNGODLY FEAR that EVIL TRASH put that Baby Girl through.

I feel for his family as well as Rodriguez Family.HIS own Children might've been Victims one day .OH GOD let your JUSTICE REIGHN SUPREME!

i would have NO MERCY on him at all!



-- Posted by dedekeene on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 9:54 PM

To truly be a christian is to forgive. Even though I tend to agree with those of you who would have unthinkable things done to him. You have to step back and think WWJD? He will be judged when his time comes, not to say he shouldn't be judged by a jury of his peers now. Because, he definitely should! I think an example should be made of him. We don't want any crazies out there copy catting this horrific event.

-- Posted by Hornet1997 on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 10:27 PM

I live in Tennessee and I do not know this family but my heart is bleeding for them; this is a terrible tragedy. I have tracked this story from the beginning and was overwhelmed with grief when I heard what happened to this beautiful child! May God give comfort and peace to the Rodriguez family and please know that your precious little angel BreeAnn is with God and suffers no more. I cried and I prayed because I can not imagine how anyone could do this to anybody, much less an innocent precious little child! I have no mercy or pity for that animal who took that baby's life! May he rot and burn in hell forever! BreeAnn, rest in peace baby girl, we love you!

-- Posted by cdb on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 10:56 PM

I hope he's dead before his next court appearance

-- Posted by bootheel mommy on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 11:30 PM

mistyblue i agree with you. the family of that animal need not suffer any more than they are right now. and as far as were he will go when he is convicted i know the place.(not in the bad way). he will get what he deserves when he gets there. that i know. i just pray for both families in there time of sorrow

-- Posted by private man on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 11:36 PM

April 2, 1937 was the last lawful hanging in Kennett, MO. They need to bring it back and make Mr. Morgan be the first lawful hanging we have had after all these years. If they would bring back public hangings and put it on TV so every body could see some people might think twice about their meanness. And we could save alot in tax dollars on feeding, housing,and medical bills.

-- Posted by MRWOLFEY on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 1:20 AM

mrwolfey i so strongly agree a public hanging this man has taken a poor baby from this world that in her life could have been president or a doctor or so on this has made me think and keep a stronger eye on my children because you never know what kinda sick people there are in this world. rest in peace little breeann for you are gone but never forgotten

-- Posted by plowboyjr on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 8:16 AM

F the trial.. hang his ass, stone him.. waterboard, torture him to the extent that he did with his victim..

-- Posted by kuhnighit on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 9:48 AM

We need to continue to pray for the Rodriguez family for peace and strength. I praise God that HE has allowed her to be found, many children go missing every day and the parents never receive closure.

Shawn Morgan needs prayer, God, and Christ. Pray that his three children are loved and not persecuted by the community for the evil that their father committed. Love is what these kids need from every one around, I can't imagine the heartbreak that they are experiencing of course it is not any where near the heartbreak that Breann's family has.

-- Posted by astancel on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 10:06 AM

Prayers for the family of BreeAnn, trust in God and he will guide you through this. You are surrounded with good praying people in the bootheel, so do not be shy if you need to lean on them for support. Although I no longer live there, I was born and raised there so I know the personality of the people in the bootheel. Which brings on another point, please do not hold responsible the spouse nor the children of Mr. Morgan; they are suffering also. God Bless you all!!!

-- Posted by ghostbuster#178 on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 10:53 AM

I completely agree "astancel". I have been heartbroken for Breann's family and have prayed tremendously for their peace and comfort that only God can give them. I also have prayed for Shawn Morgan's wife and children. I can't even begin to wrap my mind around what must be going through her mind and how scary it must be to try to come to the realization that this man that you married, had children with, slept by every night, was capable of such a horrific crime. She likely laid down in bed with this man and slept beside him several nights after he committed his crime. There are so many questions. And then the kids; there are so many mean people and you know unfortunately people lack themselves and do not teach their kids compassion anymore it seems and kids and adults are going to be hateful to these kids because of something they not only had no control over, but also something they will feel the affects of for the rest of their lives. I hope people sit back and allow the justice system to do it's job. In doing so will probably be the only way we will ever have a chance at finding out what actually happened; there has to be much more to this story than he has told so far.

It's perfectly normal to be angry and want to see this man pay for his actions; but we will all find far more peace and comfort in praying and acting out of love than we will out of anger and hatred. Let the court system and God do their jobs; they don't need our help. Those who are threatening and treating the family with hatred, are just as wrong as anyone in this whole scenario. Two wrongs never make a right! I heard a story recently where a man was taken to jail for a crime against another man and the victim's wife asked the community to purchase school supplies and things for the perpetrator's children. That was definitely acts of a Godly woman and I just hope the community can at least see that this wife and these kids are also suffering and will have some compassion on them and at the very LEAST withold their angry comments toward this family.

-- Posted by concerned on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 10:59 AM

@concerned, your last paragraph are true sentiments for the bootheel of Missouri. That is how I discribe home, when I tell people about Missouri, just good loving people. Hopefully, a fund will be set up for both familes, it is the right way and the only way!!!

-- Posted by ghostbuster#178 on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 2:58 PM

Upon this earth we dance not long. But when we leave remains our song.May each and every beautiful memory always play beautiful music for the family.

I am so sorry for your loss!

Sending baskets of prayers for that little angel who left way to soon.

God Bless you little one!

-- Posted by Msjenny on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 6:11 PM

What a beautiful little girl to meet such a tragic ending. My prayers go out to the family that the Lord can give them some comfort. How can a person be so cruel to take a little innocent child's life. May he roast in Hell forever and ever.

-- Posted by lynnangeleyes on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 11:01 PM

What such a beauitful little girl that would have to end up in the arms of a devil,curel hearted man like that.May god give her family the comfort that they need at this time.My god an innocent lil child of god has to end up in the arms of a self rightous demon as this.I pray to god that he is tortmented every day until the day he dies and goes to hell.i dont believe there is such things as forgivenes for all the trauma he put that child through.No child deserves this and i pray to god to help her family get through this tragic time.our god will comfort them.I hope and pray that this guy burns in hell for ever!!!!

-- Posted by SHIRLEYC on Thu, Aug 18, 2011, at 12:36 AM

Even though I will not pretend that forgiveness is easy, I do know the bible makes it very clear about forgiveness...when asked how many times we should forgive those who offend us, we are told 7 times 70...the point is there is no limit. When we cheat, steal, lie...we sin against God...commit adultry, we sin against God...call someone else names...we sin against God...refuse to help those in need who we are capable of helping, we sin against God...respond in anger or hatred, we sin against God...murder, we sin against God...but I also know that God does not measure the size of our sin and we are all the same in His eyes, and at the end of the day, if we truly repent, turn from our evil ways, and seek God's face for gorgiveness, He is just to forgive us no matter how bad we have hurt him, no matter how much pain we are responsible for causing him and others. When we get into a right relationship with God, the amazing thing is that God gives us such peace and comfort during a time of great sorrow and distress, that forgiveness is not an issue anymore. Those who lose loved ones to horrible crimes such as this and seem to amazingly forgive and offer compassion to the perpetrator, are only able to do so through God's help. So yes, when we say that "I cannot forgive that person," we are correct in that we can't do it on our own...we have no reason to. But when we are able to understand how God loves us, with that Agape kind of love, the kind of love that never takes us so far away from God that we can't come back, then and only then can we love in a way that allows us to forgive others in the same manner and with the same love that God shows us every single day.

And I must say, the family is focussing in the right area...instead of responding with hatred, they are focusing on Breann's life and the joy she brought to it. My hat is off to them in how they have displayed themselves thus far. May God continue to grant them peace and comfort in knowing where Breann is today!

-- Posted by concerned on Thu, Aug 18, 2011, at 9:13 AM

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