Motive in Killing of 3-Year-Old Remains Unclear
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.