Missing Toddler's Body Found
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:53:36 GMT —
Update: Wednesday August 18th at 11:20 a.m.:
SENATH, Mo. (AP) -- As the small Missouri town of Senath prepares to say goodbye to Breeann Rodriguez, police still don't know what allegedly drove a neighbor to suffocate the 3-year-old girl.
Breeann's body was found Tuesday on the bank of a drainage ditch a few miles outside of Senath, a town of 1,500 residents in far southeastern Missouri. Shawn Morgan was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder. A probable cause statement says he told investigators it "felt like it took an hour" to suffocate the child with a plastic bag.
Searchers had been looking for Breeann since she was reported missing on Aug. 6.
Julie Crowder of the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department says Morgan did not offer a motive.
A funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Senath Church of Christ.
Original Story: Officials believe they have found the body of three-year-old Breeann Rodriguez, who has been missing since August 6th.
The remains were found Tuesday night in a ditch near Hornersville, MO. Parts of the girls bike had previously been found in the area.
The man already charged with her murder appeared in court yesterday in Kennett.
43-year-old Shawn Morgan is charged with 1st degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.
Police brought Morgan to the courthouse in a bullet-proof vest, while family and friends held signs reading "Justice for Breeann."
The probable cause statement says Morgan admitted to grabbing the girl and carrying her inside his house as she stood on the ladder at the pool in his backyard the day she went missing.