LAWRENCEVILLE — The father and stepmother of a 10-year-old girl were charged with murder Saturday after the burned body of the girl was found in a trash can outside a Lawrenceville apartment.
When the Gwinnett County Police Department was called to check on a suicidal man, they found someone else’s body instead. It was 10-year-old Emani Moss.
At 3:43 a.m., officers were sent to 1131 Veranda Chase Drive to talk to Eman Moss, who had told a dispatcher he was going to commit suicide.
“While talking to dispatchers the male stated that there was a dead body with him at the location,” said Gwinnett police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan. “He stated that his 10-year-old daughter had drank some type of chemical and was deceased.”
Officers arrived on scene and located Moss standing in the breezeway. He pointed to a trash can in the recreation area for the apartment complex, authorities said.
“Officers went over to the trash can and located the badly burned body of the child,” Doan said.
Officers checked the apartment but no one else was located inside.
The father and 911 caller Moss and stepmother Tiffany Moss, have been arrested. They are both being charged with felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree and concealing a body. Both are being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.
In 2004, Eman Moss was arrested in Gwinnett for two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree and battery. In 2010, Tiffany Moss was arrested in the county for cruelty to children.
The Gwinnett County Police Criminal Investigations Division is still handling the investigation and more details will be released in the future.