Emani was a beautiful little
ten year old girl who by all reports, loved life, dancing, playing
guitar and attending church with her grandmother, Robin Moss, who she
lived with since her stepmother, Tiffany Ross, had been abusing her. In
2010, Tiffany Ross had been placed on probation after she was convicted
of child cruelty for beating this little Angel with a belt. DFCS
records would show that Emani was doing a lot better after being placed
with her grandmother and a school counselor noted that she was even
doing much better in school.
In March of 2010, at the age of six, Emani told the school nurse that
she was afraid to go home with her report card because she knew that
she was going to be hurt by her parents for getting bad grades. The
nurse checked Emani and found bruises on her body, the Police were
called. Emani and Tiffany were both taken to the Police Station where
it was discovered that Emani had welts on her chest, back, shoulders,
arms and legs. Tiffany claimed she had only hit Emani three times with
the belt. Tiffany was arrested and thta's when she was placed on
probation for five years.
At some point, Emani was returned to the care of the father and
stepmother and DFCS was contacted once again about suspected abuse. The
case worker assigned to the case reviewed the file, but never contacted
anyone in the family in any way and the case was "screened out" calling
the injuries that Emani was said have "insignificant". In July of 2012,
Emani tried to run away from her abusive home and once again, showed up
to school with bruises on her body.
Two months before she died, DFCS was called AGAIN
, by a friend of the famliy who
said that Emani was in trouble and being neglected, she was very thin
and something was seriously wrong. Once again, the call went unanswered
for a illogical reason, no address was given so the case was "screened
out" with a note "no addres and no current maltreatment". How can they
say there is no maltreatment when a visit wasn't even done? NO ADDRESS?
Then you go to the
grandmother or to the school and find out where this child is!
In November of 2013, Emani's malnourished, burned body was found in a
trash can. An autopsy showed that she had been emaciated, having
gone without food for several days before she died and that someone had
tried to burn her body and it was suspected that this was done in order
to cover up the crime of her abuse and neglect. Eman and Tiffany Moss
were arrested and charged with her murder and were held without bond.
At some point, Eman had called 911 saying that his daughter had died
and he was suicidal, though the part of about him saying he was
suicidal is under investigation as maybe a miscommunication during the
call. Eman eventually told Police that he was in a panic when Emani
died and he put her into the trash bin and had tried to burn her body.
As it turned out, Robin Moss she had told DFCS that Emani was being
abused and she had been fighting over custody of her granddaughter for
over three years but was not successful in getting them to pay
attention and give her legal custody of Emani. That makes this
statement that she gave to reporters after Emani died, odd to me:
"If I had known that
him and his wife were abusing my baby, I would not have let her stay \
over there. I
have to be here voice. I will be here voice"
I realize that this woman was a loving, caring and nuturting
grandmother for this little Angel, but to say IF
she had known that she was being
abused? That's odd because she had been fighting for custody for three
on abuse. She says
she would have never let Emani stay over there, did she have a choice
in that matter? I thought she didn't since DFCS made the ridiculous
decision to return this child to a home where she had been abused and
then bascially ingored repeated attempts to get some help for her.
In January of 2014, District Attorney Danny Porter filed the necessary
paperwork to seek the death penalty against Eman and Tiffany Moss.
Danny Porter said that the death of Emani was the most heinous case he
had been witness to in 30 years, describing her murder as: Wantonly
vile, horrible or inhumane in that it involved torture and depravity of
Robin Moss had mixed feelings about the request saying that she wanted
justice for Emani, but didn't want to see her son die for what he did.
Two younger children who also lived in the home were taken into DFCS
custody, which should be a comfort, but some how, it's not. Eman's and
Tiffany's families were both trying to get custody of the younger
children and Robin Moss said she couldn't believe that Eman would hurt
"Emani was his world.
What I saw was that her loved every last one of his children"
Yeah, he loved them so much that he allowed one of them to starve to
death and then tried to burn her body to cover up what they had done
and then put her in the trash. If that's love? I'll pass!
Lil Miss Emanie Gabrielle Moss
Emani G. Moss of Lawrenceville, Ga passed on
November 2, 2013
Emani Gabrielle Moss (Angelface) was born on April 23, 2004 in Gwinnett
Emani was bright and beautiful and full of life. She enjoyed reading,
dancing, cooking and making up songs. She enjoyed attending church with
her Grandmother and would be seen preaching to her stuffed bears and
Emani loved school and excelled in all subjects. At the age of three,
she attended the Susan Chambers School of Dance where she studied
ballet. At the age of five Emani attended Gwinnett School of Music,
where she took guitar lessons.
Emani's presence would light up a room and her spirit would be felt,
she was an angel on earth. Emani will be greatly missed but always
Those left to cherish beautiful memories of Emani are: her grandmother,
Robin McCarthur Moss; grand-father, Dwight Roderick Moss; aunt,
Sharoniece Rich (Terry, Zyiah, India); uncle, Dwight R. Moss Jr. (and
son); great-grandfather, Robert (Beverly)McCarthur; aunts, Linda Maria
Norman (and family) and Yvette Riddle (and family); uncles, Robert
McCarthur Jr. (and family), Doron M. (Britney) McCarthur; great-aunt,
Sandra Hill; great-cousins, Lonnie L. Gray (and family), Stephanie
Gray-Clark (and family), and Charles Ray Patrick (and family);
siblings, Tristan Moss and Emma Moss; and a host of other family,
classmates, teachers, and friends.
Donations in honor of Emani may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.
occurred in the state of Georgia