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Emani's grandmother conflicted over death penalty

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Emani Moss, 10

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Ten-year-old Emani Moss' short life was full of abuse and cruelty. She was starved to death, then her body was burned and thrown away like trash by her father and stepmother. Now, Emani's grandmother is pleading for her son's life to be spared.

"He was responsible for her life. He was responsible for her safety," Emani's grandmother Robin Moss said.

Robin Moss is torn between her desire for justice for her granddaughter Emani and her desire to spare her son the death penalty.

"I don't want any more death - if possible," she said. "I know that they have to be punished, but I don't want to have to bury my son."

Robin Moss is speaking publicly for the first time about the decision by Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter to seek the death penalty in her granddaughter's death. Prosecutors said last November, Emani's father and stepmother, Eman and Tiffany Moss starved the 10-year-old, then burned her body and threw it in a trash can.

"What would be justice for Emani?" asked 11Alive's Devin Fehely.

"Give them life," Robin said. "Never let them out."

Prosecutors say death by starvation is tantamount to torture, and that her parents should face the ultimate punishment. Robin says she continues to mourn a granddaughter who died tragically and much too soon.

"I miss her face. I miss the way she used to talk to me," Robin said. "When she talked to me, she used to hold my face and talk to me head-to-head."

Porter has only sought the death penalty 12 times in two decades. Often, the DA will take into consideration the wishes of the victim's family. But in this case, the DA says he believes this is the appropriate punishment for a horrible crime.

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