Prosecution to seek death penalty against parents of Emani Moss

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the parents of a 10-year-old girl found burned and starved to death in Gwinnett County.

District Attorney Danny Porter told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas he is asking that the father and step-mother of Emani Moss both be sentenced to death for the murder of Emani Moss.

Emani was found dead in a trash canister outside her Gwinnett County apartment in November. She was burned and emaciated, police said.

“The facts of this case constitute torture of the victim, and therefore deserves the death penalty,” Porter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday.

Tiffany and Eman Moss supposedly home schooled the child and did not feed her regularly, police said.

“Based on the treatment that that child received, we felt like this was a case that warrants the ultimate penalty,” Gwinnett Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Lisa Jones told the AJC.

Police said Eman Moss called police and threatened to commit suicide. When officers arrived, he directed them to a trash can where they found the child’s body.

The Department of Children and Families received six complaints regarding Emani spanning from infancy until two months before her death.

Tiffany and Eman Moss are facing charges of murder, concealing a death, two counts of first-degree child cruelty and two counts of felony murder, or committing a felony that causes death.