(SOURCE) A 10-year-old girl whose malnourished body was found stuffed in a suburban Atlanta trash bin had tried to run away from home and showed up at school with bruises and welts on her body, police reports show.
Emani Moss’ stepmother also had been charged with child cruelty after beating the girl, according to the reports from the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Moss’ burned and emaciated body was found in a trash bin in unincorporated Lawrenceville on Saturday, police have said.
The girl’s father, Eman Moss, and the stepmother, Tiffany Moss, have been charged with murder, concealing a body, and child cruelty, and were being held without bond in the Gwinnett County jail. It’s unclear if they have attorneys.
Horrific death: Both Eman (left) and Tiffany Moss have been charged with murder, cruelty to children in the first degree and concealing a body. Tiffany had previously been arrested for beating her boyfriend’s daughter
Authorities conducted an autopsy on Emani on Sunday and determined that her body was burned after she was dead, likely in an effort to conceal the crime, said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith.
Emani may have died as early as October 30 and was severely underweight when her body was found, Smith said. He said the autopsy showed the girl had been denied food for several days before her death.
When the nurse investigated further, she found the girl had bruises on her body and reported it to police.
Police took Emani and her stepmother to department headquarters for interviews that day and said Emani had severe bruises and welts on her chest, back, shoulders, arms and legs, the police report said.