ATLANTA - The family of a 10-year-old girl found dead in a garbage game had been the focus of state family and child investigators for the child’s entire life, according to documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
The case of Emani Moss includes six previous contacts of complaints between Georgia Department of Family and Child Services dating back to 2003. The most recent complaint happened just two months before her death.
Channel 2's Aaron Diamant is interviewing the head of DFCS and will have her response to Emani's death and the case on Channel 2 Action News at 6. Channel 2's Tony Thomas is live at 5 p.m. in Gwinnett County with more on the DFCS documents he obtained today.
Eman and Tiffany Moss face felony murder, first-degree child cruelty and concealing a death charges.
Documents obtained by Channel 2’s Tony Thomas shows that 2 cases involving the Moss family were screened but lacked enough facts for the agency to act.
One case was closed when the child didn’t make any complaints during an interview and two were found substantiated.
One of the cases was substantiated and Tiffany Moss was sentenced to five years' probation after pleading guilty to charges she beat the then 6-year-old Emani with a belt.
The DFCS report on Emani’s death stated that the child had been dead for three days and police found her body in a trash can.
The heavily redacted report said that “Nine days ago (redacted) came home and (redacted) was in the bathtub and was shaking very badly.”
“(Redacted) came home home on Oct. 30 and found (redacted) deceased. (Redacted) told to get rid of the body.
(Redacted) stated they went and bought a trash can and took the body to another location away from the home and tried to burn the body for 20 minutes but the body wouldn’t burn.”
Check back for updates on this developing story throughout the evening on Channel 2 Action News and wsbtv.com