UPDATE - (Lawrenceville, Georgia, November 4, 2013)
An autopsy was performed on the victim, Emani Moss, on Saturday, November 2,
2013. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a
homicide but is awaiting further test results before ruling on the cause of
death. Detectives believe the victim was burned after her death in an
effort to conceal the crime. She may have died as early as Wednesday,
October 30, 2013. The investigation revealed that the victim was denied food
for several days before her death and her body appeared severely underweight.
Detectives believe the victim was isolated from people
outside of her family in the weeks before her death. She did not attend
school outside the home during this school year; she did attend public school
during prior school years. This aspect of the case is still under
Detectives have reviewed the 911 call and determined that
the caller, Eman Moss, was not suicidal as indicated in the original press
release. That information was based on an initial miscommunication
between the caller and the call taker and was clarified later in the
call. Nothing further can be discussed regarding the 911 call; the
recordings will not be released prior to court proceedings.
Additionally, motive, statements made by the suspects, and
details of the autopsy will not be discussed prior to court proceedings.
GCPD will not comment on investigations or actions taken by the Division of
Family and Children Services (DFCS) or the Juvenile Court.
ORIGINAL RELEASE - (Lawrenceville, Georgia, November 2,
2013) Gwinnett County Police Department officers responded to a suicide
threats call at 1131 Veranda Chase Drive, unincorporated Lawrenceville, at 3:43
AM today (November 2, 2013). A male called 911 stating that he wanted to
commit suicide. While talking to dispatchers the male stated that there
was a dead body with him at the location. He stated that his 10 year old
daughter drank some type of chemical and was deceased.
Officers arrived on scene and located a male standing in the
breezeway of building 1100. The male pointed to a trash can in the
recreation area for the apartment complex. Officers inspected the trash
can and located the badly burned body of the child inside. Officers
checked the apartment but no one else was located inside. The Homicide
Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene.
The victim has been identified as 10 year old Emani Moss
(B/F). The victim’s father, Eman Moss (B/M, 30 years old), and the
step-mother, Tiffany Moss (B/F, 30 years old), have been arrested. They
are both charged with felony murder, first degree cruelty to children, and
concealing a body. Both are being held at the Gwinnett County Detention
Center without bond.
The investigation in this case is ongoing.