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Mother of Jorelys Rivera Calls for Death Penalty

David J. Sams/Getty Images(CANTON, Ga.) -- The mother of the little girl stabbed, sexually assaulted, beaten and left in a dumpster is calling on prosecutors to seek the death penalty against suspect Ryan Brunn.

Brunn is expected to plead not guilty in the death of Jorelys Rivera, but it could be a month or more before the 20-year old maintenance worker faces an indictment.

"I expect it will be weeks," Cherokee County District Attorney Garry Moss told ABC News. "There'll be no public announcement concerning the indictment until such time as there is one."

Investigators declined to say what evidence they used to arrest Brunn, but told reporters he had access to the building's trash compactor.

Jorelys disappeared Friday evening from the playground at the River Ridge apartment complex in Canton, Ga., where she lived with her mother. Her body was discovered Monday underneath a pile of trash in one of the complex's dumpsters and Brunn was arrested the following day.

She was believed to have been assaulted and bludgeoned in an empty apartment at the complex where Brunn worked as a maintenance man.

Jorelys' mother, who speaks Spanish, spoke to ABC News affiliate WSB through a translator.

"I don't want any charges brought against him. What I want is the death penalty," Jocelyn Rivera said while standing near a small memorial the family had erected for Jorelys inside their apartment. "He's an animal. He killed my little angel."

Zulaika Rivera, Jorelys aunt, told the station she could not fathom what was in the mind of the killer, saying nobody in their right mind would do something like this.

Jocelyn Rivera told WSB she wants to leave the state, but because she lost custody of her other two children, she'll need to stay put for awhile longer. It wasn't immediately known why she lost custody of the children.

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