New charge against man accused of 3-year-old's murder

Shawn Morgan was walked to the courthouse in a bullet-proof vest, heavily guarded by police in his first court appearance on Aug. 16
Shawn Morgan was walked to the courthouse in a bullet-proof vest, heavily guarded by police in his first court appearance on Aug. 16
Breeann Rodriguez
Breeann Rodriguez

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - The man accused in the murder of a 3-year-old Senath girl now faces a possession of child pornography charge.

Shawn Morgan, 43, from Senath is charged with the class C felony offense of possession of child pornography.

He is also charged with 1st degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence, and child kidnapping in the disappearance of Breeann Rodriguez.

The 3-year-old and her bike went missing on August 6 in front of her home on Ode Johnson Road.

According to the probable cause statement, Morgan suffocated the girl using a white plastic trash bag.

Morgan told police he put the her body in the same trash bag, drove to the floodway ditches of Hwy. 164 and threw her over the railing.

When he came back to his house, he took apart her bicycle and threw it in the same river system, according to court documents.

Breeann's body was found Aug. 16 by a member of the Missouri Highway Patrol's water patrol division who was searching by boat.

Morgan is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Sept. 13.

He is being held without bond.

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