Investigators believe Emani could have been dead for several days before her father called police. Both Eman Moss and Emani's stepmother, Tiffany Moss, were arrested and charged with murder in the girl's death. Police and court records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution document the abuse Emani suffered during her short life.
News of Emani's death came three weeks and one day after a Paulding County father called police to say his son had drowned.
Shayaa Yusef Forbes, 32, made a frantic call to 911 shortly before 10 p.m. on Oct. 11.
“I thought he was in the tub, but when I went in to try and see him…,” Forbes told an operator, heard in the 911 recording obtained by The AJC. “He was a little bit underwater. His head was, like, bobbing.”
When emergency responders arrived at the family’s home near Acworth, they found 12-year-old Eric Forbes unconscious, according to Cpl. Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. The sixth grader at McClure Middle School also had physical signs of severe child abuse, Henson said.
DFCS records show the agency had investigated reports that Eric was being abused, but those claims were dismissed due to a lack of evidence.
The two recent deaths have prompted the agency to review its actions while investigating abuse, the agency said.
“We are already moving forward with plans to tailor training for our case workers based on data that would predict trends in our practice, and we will soon implement internal ‘safety roundtables,’ which will serve to review cases at the state level before workers can screen them out or close an investigation,” the agency said.
The deaths of Emani and Eric remain under investigation by police in Gwinnett and Paulding counties.