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Internal Investigation Finds Officer At Fault In Rivera Case

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ATLANTA- (WAOK) An internal investigation into how several Cherokee county sheriff’s deputies handled the murder case of 7-year old Jorelys Rivera, concludes one of the officers was at fault, while another was not. The report comes nearly three weeks after the Canton girl, was found dead in a dumpster, near her apartment. The Cherokee County Sheriff, disciplined two officers, after he says they failed to report key evidence found during their search of vacant units at the complex where Rivera lived. One of the officers said he noticed blood spots, but failed to immediately tell anyone about it, and it turns out that unit was the actual crime scene. Another officer, told investigators he assumed the evidence had been reported. Both officers were suspended, while the internal probe was conducted, but it’s unclear what if any other disciplinary action will be taken against them. A 20-year old maintenance worker has been charged with the girl’s rape and murder. Canton police are also searching for answers and plan to hire an independent investigator to look into how and why the case was mishandled.

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