DA seeks the death penalty in Emani Moss case

8:46 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter filed paperwork Friday seeking the death penalty for the parents of a girl whose emaciated and burned body was found in a trash bin.

Porter says 10-year-old Emani Moss' murder is the most heinous case he has seen in 30 years with the court system. Court filing describe her murder as "wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved torture and depravity of mind."

Moss' body was found in a trash bin at a Lawrenceville apartment complex Nov. 2. The girl's father, Eman Moss, and her stepmother, Tiffany Moss, have been arrested on murder and child cruelty charges.

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Gwinnett County police have said they believe the girl was starved to death. Police and the Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services had repeated contact with the family before Moss' death.

Emani's grandmother Robin Moss says she feels conflicted by the decision -- torn between her desire for justice for her granddaughter and her desire to spare her son the death penalty.

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