A Missouri man has confessed to murdering three-year-old Breeann Rodriguez, according to records released. The little girl, who was last seen riding her bike along with her five-year-old brother on Aug. 6 before she went missing when her brother went inside to get a drink, was murdered by her neighbor, Shawn Dale Morgan.
The 43-year-old is a husband and a father with three children and lives on the same block as the little girl. According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed in court and written by Officer Tim Trowbridge of the Bootheel Drug Task Force, Morgan admitted to the officer that he suffocated the girl.
Morgan also revealed details on how he grabbed the girl, saying that he took her when he saw her standing on a pool ladder in his backyard. “He went to the little girl, grabbed her, and carried her inside the house,” the report said, before he used a plastic trash bag to suffocate her.
In stunning details explained to a police officer, Morgan said that he put the trash bag over her mouth and nose, but noted that it “felt like it took an hour [for her] to die”. He said he later threw the girl inside the trash bag and disposed the bag over a railing and into the flood ditches alongside Highway 164. He also admitted that he threw the girl’s pink bike into the water. Just last week, Breeann’s father identified the training wheels and said that they belonged to his daughter.
Morgan was arrested on Aug. 12. At the time, he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and armed criminal action. Morgan worked in a steel factory in Blytheville, Arkansas and was described by his colleagues as being a quiet man with a slight build. He is scheduled to appear in court later today at 9AM.
The body of Breeann has still not been found. The FBI is asking anyone that has information about the case or the whereabouts of the girl to call 1-866-371-TIPS.