LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County couple charged with starving their 10-year-old daughter to death could pay with their lives if convicted.
District Attorney Danny Porter tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish he’s considering the death penalty for Emon and Tiffany Moss because of the aggravating circumstance surrounding the death of Emani.
“Given the time that it takes to starve someone to death, what that person would go through in anticipation of death, I think would potentially qualify under that,” he says.
During a probable cause hearing Friday, a Gwinnett Police detective testified Emon Moss told him that Emani had suffered a seizure and they left her lying in bed for a week with no food or water until she died. She weighed just 32 pounds at the time of her death.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years… I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Porter. “This is a terrible case.”
He says he’ll make his decision whether to seek the death penalty within the next 30 days.
Meantime, Emani’s grandmother Robin Moss has hired an attorney to seek answers in her granddaughter’s death leading to changes within the Department of Family and Children Services.
DFCS received a total of six reports of alleged abuse of Emani, and in only one were the allegations substantiated. In the latest report in August, no investigation was made because the agency had no known address for the family.
“We’re going to start at the Governor’s office and come down,” says attorney Michael Jones. “You start at the top and you get… safety procedures in place to protect our children.”
He questions why Emani was ever returned to the home after Tiffany Moss pled guilty in 2010 to beating the girl. She was sentenced to five years of probation and underwent parenting classes. DFACS closed its case within a few months.
“When you’ve got this file lying on this desk for month or five or six or seven years, somebody needs to be held accountable for the decisions and that’s what we’re interested in,” says Jones.
He has requested the DFCS files on Emani going back years on her grandmother’s behalf.