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Neighbor Charged With The Murder Of Missing Missouri GirlKENNETT, Mo. – A neighbor has been arrested and charged with the murder of Breeann Rodriguez, the 3-year-old who went missing on August 6 while riding bicycles with her 6-year-old brother.

The little girl vanished right outside her home after her brother went inside to get a drink. This lead to a massive search that included billboards displaying the girl’s picture, the search of a couple cargo vans seen in the area and a $45,000 reward.

The search intensified after the girl’s training wheels were found near her home on Thursday. But on Saturday, police announced they had someone in custody and had charged them with the girl’s murder.

Police say they will continue to search for the girl’s body, but that 43-year-old Shawn Morgan suffocated Rodriguez on the day she went missing. He has now been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence.

I did not follow this case very closely. I just remember them finding her training wheels and then over the weekend, heard that both of Breeann’s parents had failed polygraph tests.

Neighbor Charged With The Murder Of Missing Missouri Girl

“I don’t believe we really did fail it. It may be some kind of tool they use to squeeze every bit of information out of us….I don’t really know. But they said we did fail it,” Rodriguez said.

The father went on Nancy Grace anyway, but I only had it on as background noise as I played Witcher 2, so I don’t know if Grace or any of her callers immediately began speculating that the parents had to have something to do with their daughter going missing since they failed the polygraph.

But now that a neighbor who had no ties to the family has been arrested and charged with the girl’s death, I wonder if this will change people’s attitudes regarding polygraph results and the suspects who take (and fail) them.

There is a reason why these results are not admissable in court, and this is a great example why. They are simply sometimes effective, sometimes unreliable tools that the public, and especially the talking heads who have legions of sheep, should never use to decide someone’s guilt or innocence.

Morgan, who lives on the same street as the Rodriguez family, is being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center. His next court appearance is tomorrow morning. I heard a rumor that he is married with three children and that it was his wife who turned him in. If anyone can find a link to a valid news source confirming that, please post it.

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  • http://justiceforcaylee.synthasite.com/ shyloh

    I have been following this case as well. I would like to know why the wife turned him in. What information did she have? About the parents taking a polly. and failing it.  That’s a mystery to me as well. I am starting to believe one should never take one. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  • http://justiceforcaylee.synthasite.com/ shyloh

    I have been following this case as well. I would like to know why the wife turned him in. What information did she have? About the parents taking a polly. and failing it.  That’s a mystery to me as well. I am starting to believe one should never take one. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  • http://justiceforcaylee.synthasite.com/ shyloh

    Shawn Morgan, 43, of Ode Johnson Street in Senath, Mo., faces charges of
    first-degree murder,
    armed criminal action and tampering with physical
    evidence. Authorities said they believe
    Morgan suffocated Breeann,
    although as of Saturday evening, they were still searching
    for her body
    and her bicycle in an undisclosed part of the county.

    http://tucone.com/2011/08/15/father-of-three-charged-with-first-degree-murder/

  • Anonymous

    Getting kind of fed up with the sicko neighbors lately. I live next door to a guy with a mullet? Should I be scared?

  • Anonymous

    Getting kind of fed up with the sicko neighbors lately. I live next door to a guy with a mullet. Should I be scared?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WYTW5UWWTGEKN4L2HBZ7I4E5E Zazen

    Well, especially under extreme stress as I’m sure they were. Considering they were out of their minds with worry over their daughter, I’d be shocked if their polygraphs showed normal.

  • hookerpie

    This makes me mad. Why were these kids outside on their bikes without a parent or someone watching them. Oh wait someone was watching, the creep that killed her. 6 & 3, no way in hell do you leave kids that small out alone. Maybe I’m just over protective, or I read to much news, but my 8 year old doesn’t even get to be outside by herself. She might be mad as hell but at least I know I get to see her another day.

  • Anonymous

    I wish people would keep a better eye on their kids. Everyone is a pedo these days …

  • Anonymous

    I wish people would keep a better eye on their kids. Everyone is a pedo these days …

  • Anonymous

    I wish people would keep a better eye on their kids. Everyone is a pedo these days …

  • http://twitter.com/hhll dakota

    absolutely.  hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

  • http://twitter.com/hhll dakota

    absolutely.  hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

  • http://twitter.com/hhll dakota

    absolutely.  hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    My heart breaks for this family.

    I have suffer from anxiety so badly that I need medication for it. If you ask me the weather I would fail a polygraph. That’s why I’ve never trusted them. Nervousness is a Mothasucka.

  • Anonymous

    This is a fine example of why polygraph results aren’t allowed in court. 

  • Anonymous

    The father went on Nancy Grace anyway, but I only had it on as background noise as I played Witcher 2, so I don’t know if Grace or any of her callers immediately began speculating that the parents had to have something to do with their daughter going missing since they failed the polygraph.

    I hope that bitch stuck her nasty foot in her even nastier mouth; I cannot believe she did not. She is such a waste of air.

    I think the distrust of the police interrogation, including the polygraph, communicated by Rodriguez echoes a universal distrust of police tactics.

  • Anonymous

    The father went on Nancy Grace anyway, but I only had it on as background noise as I played Witcher 2, so I don’t know if Grace or any of her callers immediately began speculating that the parents had to have something to do with their daughter going missing since they failed the polygraph.

    I hope that bitch stuck her nasty foot in her even nastier mouth; I cannot believe she did not. She is such a waste of air.

    I think the distrust of the police interrogation, including the polygraph, communicated by Rodriguez echoes a universal distrust of police tactics.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  I can’t imagine they’d maintain a baseline reading even telling the truth.  Any references to their daughter would emotionally charge them.  Polygraphs show changes but don’t offer much insight into *why* their reactions shift.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  I can’t imagine they’d maintain a baseline reading even telling the truth.  Any references to their daughter would emotionally charge them.  Polygraphs show changes but don’t offer much insight into *why* their reactions shift.

  • Anonymous

    Polygraphs? Pfft, you’re gonna need something more than that!

  • Anonymous

    Thats what I was thinking. Leaving the 6 yearold to babysit the 3 yearold is not a good baby sitter nor wise.That poor child, iam sure the creep did more then just strangled her. :(

  • Hekate

    if you want to see an informative snippet on polygraphs check out Penn and Tellers’ Bullshit show on Showtime…. if memory serves not only was the test faulty but the ‘technician’ (term used loosely) giving the test did everything he could to skew the results…

  • Hekate

    I hope if the wife did turn this monster in its because she was horrified and in fear for her own children….
    and f*ck Nancy Grace… that harpy needs to return to the bowels of hell whence she came…

  • Anonymous

    Dunklin County, Mo (KSDK) — A neighbor charged in
    the disappearance of a 3-year-old Senath, Missouri girl claims he
    suffocated the girl and threw her body into a flooded ditch, according
    to the probable cause statement.

    Prosecutors charged Shawn Morgan, 43, with first-degree murder, armed
    criminal action and tampering with evidence in connection to the
    disappearance of Breeann Rodriguez.

    He lives on the same street as the Rodriguez family.

    Morgan told investigators he found Rodriguez standing at the ladder
    to his backyard pool, picked her up and took her inside where he
    suffocated her with a white trash bag. He told investigators it took an
    hour for the little girl to die, according to court documents.

    Morgan put Rodriguez’s body in the trash bag and threw her body over a
    railing and into a flooded ditch along Missouri Highway 164.

    Rodriguez’s body has not been found, but the training wheels and
    bicycle she had been riding on August 6 were found in the same river
    system. Rodriguez’s father positively identified the bicycle.

    Morgan is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

    This is the latest update on the news here, in St. Louis, MO, via KSDK’s website.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Morgan told investigators he found Rodriguez standing at the ladder 
    to his backyard pool, picked her up and took her inside where he 
    suffocated her with a white trash bag. 

    Yeah, because I murder every kid who manages to get too close to my pool.  I call bullshit.  This fucker should be thrown into a septic tank and left to drown.

  • Anonymous

    That’s why I fucking hate that Steve show. They alway use the poly testing n like everybody said they aren’t accurate or even can be used in court. Didn’t mythbusters bust this myth or something? With your reaction n reading the stress level (even when innocent) I’d be nervous as hell …but then again I don’t trust the system one bit >:/

  • Anonymous

    I thought that I read somewhere that they were just told by the FBI that they failed as a tactic to rattle them. I also don’t think it said that they were outright told that they failed but it was hinted at, and that they actually passed. I don’t remember where I read the info though. If I find it, I will come back and post it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.a.prince Rachel Ann Prince

    No duh they failed the polygraph tests they were fucking stressed out beyond belief their chid had gone missing w/o a clue! I’d be more suspicious if they werent stressed out! Polygraph tests should only be admissable on Maury and trashy shows like that!

  • Anonymous

    This is why i feel the lie detector test was probably right, the father gave this detailed list of stuff the “3″ yr old did every morning, yet no one saw her do them because supposedly he was at an auction, never did hear from the mother why she wasnt out with her kids, im betting neither were home and that skewed the test

  • Anonymous

    Wow, same county I live in.
    When I saw the smaller shot on the main page I just about shit myself since he looked similar to a highschool teacher I had some..problems.. with.  Not him though.  But I could totally see the guy I’m thinking of strangling kids.

  • Anonymous

    Their feelings of guilt over not protecting her could have made them read as guilty on the test. I haven’t heard enough details to have any idea if the parents should feel guilty, but no matter how careful your are as a parent, if something like this happens to your child, I guarantee you would feel guilty and second-guess every decision you’d made in the past month. I know I would. 

  • Anonymous

    Fortunately the neighbor admitted to it. Otherwise the defense could try to use the polygraph results to plant a seed of doubt about his guilt. 

    I understand the need to investigate all close family members, but it would be great if the police didn’t go out of their way to try to make someone look guilty just because it’s convenient.

  • Anonymous

    Only if he runs out of beer & you’re drinking one while listening to April Wine.

  • Anonymous

    I read the same thing. I believe they did pass.

  • Anonymous

    I hope if his wife turned him in that she gets some sort of revenge for doing it & I hope the fury of 10,000 angry clowns ass & mouth rape that fuckwad.

    She was looking at your pool & you killed her!??? Really? I betcha he did more than that.

    If people (especially my skanky neighbor’s 6 kids) looked or came into my property & I snapped every single time & killed them all, I would be the most prolific serial killer in the world. But I’m not. FUCK HIM!

  • Siobhan

    Exactly! A polygraph is a “stress detector”, not an actual “lie detector”.
    Some people do experience stress changes when lying, others do not; and most people exhibit a significantly higher stress level than normal when undergoing a polygraph examination, often due to the anxieties of whatever crime occurred that caused the polygraph request. 

  • Alicia

    The parents probably failed it because they were most likely very nervous, anxious, exhausted, etc. Polygraphs don’t measure “truth or lies”, they measure a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, etc when answering questions and I firmly believe that an innocent person WILL fail one if they’re nervous. Unfortunately, most of the public does not know how polypgraphs really work so when they hear that someone failed one, they automatically assume they’re guilty. I mean shit, if YOU were innocent yet under suspicion and asked to take a polygraph, wouldn’t you be nervous? I know I would be, especially since some cops have a tendency to not let go when they think someone is guilty, even if the cop later realizes they’re innocent. They just want to close the case. Case in point: the West Memphis Three.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WYTW5UWWTGEKN4L2HBZ7I4E5E Zazen

    Uh huh… so he’s like an extreme version of the ‘Damn kids, get off my lawn!!’ guy. I think we all have a pretty good idea of why he really killed her.

  • http://twitter.com/leaftheweed Leaf Evans

    They’ve proven several times that the language the polygraph is given in versus the native language of the taker can have a huge impact on whether they pass or fail. I’d be curious to know 1) what language is the parents’ primary language and 2) what language the test was given in.

  • http://twitter.com/leaftheweed Leaf Evans

    There was a guy recently who shot a kid for playing too close to his car. It’s possible this guy didn’t like kids or didn’t like Hispanics or didn’t like trespassers — or all 3. I wouldn’t rule out his being a molester though.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Satan probably kicked her out of hell because he couldn’t stand her.

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the update,Rothase.If this guy did take an hour suffocating her with a plastic bag, were either parent bothering to look for her I wonder?The 6 yearold went into the house, did noone notice the 3 yearold was not with him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannah.guillory Shannah Erwin Guillory

    And he grabbed her when she was standing near the ladder of his POOL????  What is a 3-year old and 6-year old doing outside around swimming pools unsupervised????  Sounds like a sad situation that could have had a number of horrible endings.  Some parents are waaaay too irresponsible these days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655398559 Rhonda Jenkins

    seems to me like this guy is hiding the actual place where he hid the body because he did more than just kill her.

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  • Anonymous

    I can guarantee if u dont leave your small kids outside alone then u wont feel guilty about that if something happened while they were out alone, some things you cant help, but leaving your small children out alone is definitely something they should feel bad about

  • Hey2night

    http://www.dddnews.com/story/1753551.html   last update on the freak in court today. Parent’s were there, family for Breeann were present, they believe she is still alive.  They believe He is not telling the truth of what he did with Breeann. They have had every man power, K-9′s, SAR looking, there is no sign of Breeann to date. Not that LE is offering in any way inside info, they aren’t. This woman (local? lived near?) made a blog, she has found info on Perp freak Shawn Morgan.
    http://justiceshallprevail.blogspot.com/2011/08/who-is-shawn-morgan.html   God If Breeann was found alive that would be a miracle.

  • Anonymous

    From St. Louis KSDK new’s facebook page-
    NewsChannel
    5 has confirmed the body of missing 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez has
    been recovered. Authorities are not releasing information on where the
    body was found, or any other details regarding the recovery. We will
    have more information when details become available
     

  • Anonymous

    From St. Louis KMOV’s website
    KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — Remains believed to be a 3-year-old Missouri
    girl who went missing more than a week ago were found Tuesday near a
    series of ditches where authorities say a neighbor is suspected of
    dumping her body after suffocating her with a plastic bag.

    A joint statement sent Tuesday night from prosecutors and law
    enforcement officers in the area said a Missouri State Highway Patrol
    officer searching by boat found the body of Breeann Rodriguez near the
    floodway ditches about eight miles southeast of the girl’s family’s home
    in Senath.

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

    The girl’s parents were notified shortly after she was found, according to authorities.

    More than four dozen investigators searched a floodway near the
    Mississippi River earlier Tuesday. Breeann was last seen Aug. 6 riding
    her pink bike with training wheels in front of her home.

    Her parents insisted she would not have ridden farther than the end of the street — and they were right.

    On Saturday, authorities announced they had arrested a neighbor,
    Shawn Morgan. Morgan, 43, told agent Tim Trowbridge of the Bootheel Drug
    Task Force that he found the child on a ladder in his backyard pool,
    grabbed her and carried her inside his home, where he suffocated her
    with a white plastic trash bag, according to a probable cause statement
    the agent filed.

    Morgan told Trowbridge it “felt like it took an hour for the girl to
    die,” according to the statement. He did not say why he killed the
    child.

    He has been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action
    and tampering with evidence. He made a first court appearance Tuesday,
    and his arraignment was rescheduled for Aug. 30 to allow him time to
    find an attorney. He remains jailed without bond.

    Several calls to police and prosecutors for more details were not returned Tuesday.

    A search of online court records did not show any previous charges against Morgan.

    Morgan told Trowbridge he put the child’s body in the same trash bag
    he used to kill her and drove to the floodway — a low-lying undeveloped
    area along a state road — and threw the bag over a railing into a
    ditch. He said he then went home and dismantled the girl’s bike, which
    he dumped in the same area of the river system.

    The bike and training wheels have been found.

    Holder said search dogs, two helicopters and several boats were helping in the search

  • Anonymous

    St. Louis’ KSDK website has these arrangements-
    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.

  • Anonymous

    Me again…
    From KSDK’s facebook update
    ST. LOUIS (AP) – The man accused of killing a 3-year-old Missouri
    girl had a criminal record in Arkansas for threatening to blow up the
    factory where he worked.

    Court records obtained by The Associated Press from Greene County,
    Ark., show that 43-year-old Shawn Morgan of Senath, Mo., pleaded no
    contest in 2004 to a misdemeanor charge of making a terroristic threat.
    He served one year of probation.

    Morgan was originally charged with felony threatening to cause a
    catastrophe for notes in a restroom at Prestolite Wire Corp. in
    Paragould, Ark., in 2002. The notes threatened to blow up the plant
    unless four employees were fired.

    Morgan is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Breeann
    Rodriguez, a neighbor in Senath. She was reported missing on Aug. 6. Her
    body was found Tuesday.

  • Anonymous

    Me again…
    From KSDK’s facebook update
    ST. LOUIS (AP) – The man accused of killing a 3-year-old Missouri
    girl had a criminal record in Arkansas for threatening to blow up the
    factory where he worked.

    Court records obtained by The Associated Press from Greene County,
    Ark., show that 43-year-old Shawn Morgan of Senath, Mo., pleaded no
    contest in 2004 to a misdemeanor charge of making a terroristic threat.
    He served one year of probation.

    Morgan was originally charged with felony threatening to cause a
    catastrophe for notes in a restroom at Prestolite Wire Corp. in
    Paragould, Ark., in 2002. The notes threatened to blow up the plant
    unless four employees were fired.

    Morgan is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Breeann
    Rodriguez, a neighbor in Senath. She was reported missing on Aug. 6. Her
    body was found Tuesday.

  • Anonymous

    I fucking HATE blogs that have music that autoloads when you’re trying to read the blog.  It’s almost as annoying as those stupid embedded music files people used to put on their pages.

  • Anonymous

    Sick fuck.  And he’s got kids.  Great.

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