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Gwinnett County man admits to starving his daughter to death
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Gwinnett County man admits to starving his daughter to death

Gwinnett County man admits to starving his daughter to death
Photo Credit: KENT D. JOHNSON / AJC
Eman Moss enters Magistrate Court Friday afternoon. The parents of Emani Moss are shown during their first court appearance before Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Kristina Blum in Gwinnett County Magistrate Court Friday November 8, 2013. Eman and Tiffany Moss, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, have been arrested and charged with murder, concealing a body, and child cruelty after police say they had starved to death their daughter, Emani, and then set her body on fire to cover up the crime.

Gwinnett County man admits to starving his daughter to death

The case against the father and step-mother of a Gwinnett County girl who was starved to death now heads to Superior Court after the county's chief magistrate rules there is enough probable cause for the case to proceed.

Eman and Tiffany Moss face charges of felony murder, child cruelty, and concealing a body in the death of 10-year-old Emani Moss.

Her burned body found last weekend in a trashcan at a Gwinnett County apartment complex.

Gwinnett Police Det. Collin Flynn revealed gruesome details leading up to the girl's death at the couple's preliminary hearing.

He says Eman Moss told him he came home Oct. 24 to find Emani in a bathtub unable to move with Tiffany by her side.  She claimed the girl suffered a seizure. They got her out of the tub and laid her on her bed where she remained until she died Oct. 30. She was not given any food or water during that time.

The emaciated body of Emani weighed just 32 pounds when it was discovered by police.

"He did tell me they basically starved her to death and at one point during the interview he just leaned back in his chair and just out of the blue said 'I killed my baby'," Flynn testified.

The detective also said Eman told him that one month prior, Tiffany said she had accidentally poured boiling water on Emani's stomach and legs.

"But he said they also didn't want to take her to the hospital because they were afraid that they would get in trouble because of the previous domestic violence issues going on with Tiffany," say Flynn.

The step-mother was on probation for charges of child cruelty in May 2010 when Emani's school notified police when the girl was afraid to go home with a bad report card. She had bruises, welts, and abrasions on her body.

The Department of Family and Children Services closed its case against the woman after the couple underwent parenting classes.

Flynn testified Eman Moss told him Tiffany made him get rid of the girl's body.  The two put it in a trashcan and drove around looking for a place to burn it.  After watching it start to burn, he had second thoughts and end up putting the trashcan back in his Trailblazer where it remained while he went to work the following day.

Moss told Flynn it was his cousin, whom he had confided in, who finally convinced him to call police.

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