The body of 7-year-old Georgia girl missing since Friday was found Monday in a trash container at her apartment complex, officials announced Monday.
It appears Jorelys Rivera of Canton, Ga., was sexually assaulted and severely beaten, Vernon Kenon, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, told reporters.
A murder investigation was launched but the suspect has not been named.
The gir’s mother, Joselin Rivera, earlier pleaded for her daughter’s safe return. “I want to tell whoever has her or took her not to harm her, to return her,” NBC station 11Alive.com reported. “She’s innocent. She’s a little angel. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. She doesn’t know why they took her. Give her back.”
Rivera said she hadn’t seen her daughter since she left for work Thursday night.
“She gave me a kiss and told me that she loved me a lot,” Rivera added, noting that by the time she got home Friday morning, her daughter had already left for school.
This is such a sad story. I hope the investigation leads to the capture and prosecution of the person who committed this horrendous crime.
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