ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The family of a 7-year-old Canton girl who was brutally murdered on the grounds of her apartment complex has filed a lawsuit against the complex.

Lawyers for  Jorelys Rivera’s mother, Joselinne, say they have filed a  lawsuit in Fulton County State Court accusing the managers at River Ridge apartments of failing to properly check the background of a maintenance man who later confessed to killing the young girl.

The lawsuit maintains that Ryan Brunn was retained as a maintenance man despite residents’ complaints about him lingering at the complex’s playground watching children.

Brunn later admitted to molesting and killing Jorelys. Authorities said Brunn used his sweat shirt to hang himself Jan. 19, just two days after he began a life sentence for the crimes. Officials at the apartment complex have yet to comment on the lawsuit.


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