LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted the parents of Emani Moss, the 10-year-old Lawrenceville girl believed starved to death and burned in a trash can.
Father Eman Giovanni Moss and stepmother Tiffany Nicole Moss were indicted Wednesday on six counts apiece: murder, concealing the death of another, and two counts each of felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children. The move marks the next step in the legal process for the couple that was arrested shortly after Eman Moss called Gwinnett County police on Nov. 2.
Authorities believe Emani Moss, who weighed just 32 pounds at the time of her death, was kept hidden inside her family’s home at the Veranda Chase Apartments. Testimony from previous court hearings alleges that Eman Moss came home on Oct. 24 and found his daughter “seizing up” in the bathtub.
Eman and Tiffany Moss, who had been watching Emani and two other children that day, reportedly left Emani in the tub for several days. The couple realized the girl had died about six days later and attempted to dispose of her body by burning it in a trash can, police have said.
Wednesday’s indictments said that the couple caused Emani “cruel and excessive physical and mental pain by withholding necessary sustenance to sustain human life.” The 10-year-old got neither food nor water, documents said.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter is considering pursuing the death penalty for the Mosses. He did not return messages left Wednesday.
Felony murder is different from a traditional murder charge in that it is based on a death occurring during the commission of a felony. Both of the felony murder charges lodged against the Mosses are predicated on counts of child cruelty.
The couple was denied bond last week and remains incarcerated at the Gwinnett County jail.