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Report: DFCS received complaint of neglect prior to Gwinnett girl’s death

Three months before Emani Moss was starved to death, the Gwinnett County Division of Family and Children Services received a complaint that the 10-year-old was being neglected.

The anonymous complaint was not followed up, according to DFCS’ case summary, because the agency could not find the address of Emani’s father and stepmother.

Eman and Tiffany Moss will make their first appearance in Gwinnett County Magistrate Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

More details in Friday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution and online at myajc.com.

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  • A candidate for mayor says she has always wondered if the current mayor of Atlanta won his seat fair and square. Mary Norwood lost to current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in 2009. Make sure to tune in to WSB-TV as Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood go head-to-head in a live runoff debate moderated by Channel 2’s Justin Farmer, LIVE on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.  Norwood told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston that she never spoke publicly about the accusation because what she said she knew what happened wasn't significant enough to upset the entire system.  [WATCH: Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks on Channel 2 Action News This Morning] But our partners at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution got a copy of a transcript of a private June meeting where she brought up the 2009 election.  'I just want you to be who you say you are, live where you say you live and vote once,' Norwood told Huddleston.  [WATCH: Mary Norwood speaks on Channel 2 Action News This Morning] Norwood raised concerns about the 2009 election, which she lost to Reed by a couple of hundred votes.  TRENDING STORIES: Worker killed after woman drives onto sidewalk on busy road, police say There's a Christmas tree shortage in metro Atlanta Arrests made in violent robberies of Asian-owned businesses She told Huddleston that she always suspected there was voter fraud.  'I know there are instances where individuals were asked to vote in the election,' Norwood said.  She said individuals who didn’t live in Atlanta still voted in the mayor's race.   [SPECIAL SECTION: The Atlanta Mayor’s Race] Norwood said she's never talked publicly about the accusation, but privately has mentioned it to several groups, including last June, at a meeting that was recorded and leaked to the AJC. 'I have spoken privately to many groups, including last night to the NAACP, about the fact that I did not go public with some things I was concerned about with that election,' Norwood said.  ATLANTA MAYOR QUICK FACTS The city’s last five mayors have been African-American The last 27 have been Democrats There have only ever been two Republican mayors of Atlanta Shirley Franklin was the first female mayor of Atlanta. The next mayor will be the second Only four former Atlanta mayors were born in Atlanta Click here for more facts about Atlanta mayors Huddleston contacted Reed for a comment on this story Wednesday. His spokesperson responded and said in part: “If Mary Norwood had proof that the election results were invalid in 2009, she should have stepped forward and challenged the results then. She did not because she could not. She has no evidence to back up her claims. She has been a public official for the past four years and never raised any concerns about the integrity of our voting system.' Norwood said after the 2009 race, she joined the Fulton County Elections Board to get a new director on staff.  She told Huddleston that she's confident the Dec. 5 mayor's race will be fair, accurate and impartial.
  • President Donald Trump and other notable figures delivered messages of hope and gratitude for Thanksgiving. Trump posted a video message to the nation on Twitter, and also delivered a personal holiday message live via teleconference to members of the military. Trump then visited the Coast Guard in Florida. >> Read more trending news Trump is spending his first Thanksgiving as president with family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
  • Several people are without water in NE Atlanta right now as crews work to repair a water main break. The 8-inch main broke Thursday morning on Glen Iris Drive near Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward. DWM crews are repairing a valve leak on an 8-inch water main at 620 Glen Iris Drive NE. Water service has been temporarily interrupted in the area. #Atlanta — Atlanta Watershed (@ATLWatershed) November 23, 2017 Several homes and businesses in the area are without water. The city brought in dozens of bottles of water to help people in the area until they can get everything repaired. Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus is on the scene where crews are working to repair the break and the large hole it’s caused in the road. The City of Atlanta is supplying free water to residents in NE Atlanta who are inconvenienced by a water main break on Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/XgqAtYBTh0 — Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) November 23, 2017 Hear from a homeowner who’s now trying to prepare her Thanksgiving Feast without water at her home, on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.
  • Channel 2 Action News has learned a chase has blocked an exit ramp on I-75 SB in Cobb County.  Channel 2's Chris Jose is working to learn more on this breaking story for Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.  The incident happened around 11 a.m. on Chastain Road.  TRENDING STORIES: Arrests made in violent robberies of Asian-owned businesses Worker killed after woman drives onto sidewalk on busy road, police say High school girls basketball coach charged with sexual assault Police told Jose the chase started on Wade Green Road, while the driver was going 81 in a 55.  Two people were taken to the hospital after the vehicle crashed into a pole, according to Georgia State Patrol.     On-scene of a crash on I-75, Chastain Road exit ramp. Georgia State Patrol confirms there was a chase. Driver refused to stop. Gun collected as evidence. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/q01GfUPYW8 — Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) November 23, 2017    
  • A 26-year-old Ohio man was stabbed and had bleach thrown on him after an argument over what day Thanksgiving falls on, according to a police incident report.  TRENDING: Thanksgiving, Black Friday Shopping: Best deals we’ve found Officers and medics were dispatched to a home in Dayton around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and found a man laying in a pool of blood mixed with what appeared to be bleach, police said.  TRENDING: Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here are the worst times to hit the road this week The victim told police he was in an argument with a friend about what day Thanksgiving was, WHIO reported. >> Read more trending news “[The victim] stated he thought Thanksgiving was either the week before or the week after, but certainly not today,” police said in the report.  The argument escalated when the suspect, only identified as a woman, continued to scream and interrupt while the victim was making a phone call, according to the report.  A scuffle between the two broke out. The victim stated the woman grabbed a glass object and threw it at him, causing it to shatter when it missed him and hit a wall. The confrontation moved to another part of the house where the woman threw bleach on the victim, picked up a piece of broken glass and sliced the victim’s arm.  The man was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening, WHIO reported. The suspect fled the scene and was not located, police said.