UPDATE - Child Homicide

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 investigation.

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.


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