The Gwinnett County father and stepmother accused of starving to death 10-year-old Emani Moss will remain in jail.
A Gwinnett County judge denied Eman and Tiffany Moss bond Friday morning, saying they were flight risks who had the potential of committing more crime, court officials said.
Both are charged with felony murder, first-degree child cruelty and concealing a death in connection with Emani’s death.
The actual cause and manner of Emani’s death remains undetermined as investigators await the results of a toxicology report, authorities said.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday that there was concern Tiffany Moss would commit another crime. She was previously arrested on cruelty charges involving Emani.
“At the time (of Emani’s death), she was already on probation,” Porter said of Tiffany Moss.
In early November, police responded to a call from Eman Moss. When officers arrived, they found Emani’s burned body in a Dumpster near the apartment where she lived with her father and stepmother.
The father and stepmother were arrested after a subsequent investigation.
Court records show a history of cruelty and abuse accusations dating back to when Emani was an infant.
And a revelation that the Georgia Division of Child and Family Services had previously investigated allegations of Emani’s abuse without removing her from the home led to upheaval at the agency.
Eman and Tiffany Moss’ two younger children remain in the custody of DFACS. Despite being in jail, they both attempted to get the court to allow them custody.
Eman Moss’ mother and Tiffany Moss’ family are vying for custody of the younger siblings, authorities said. Robin Moss, Eman Moss’ mother, had custody of Emani for a time.
Robin Moss’ sister said Friday that the family still cannot believe the accusations against Eman Moss.
“Emani was his world,” Victoria Cherry told the AJC. “What I saw was that he loved every last one of his children. I guess we saw what they wanted us to see.”
Eman and Tiffany Moss are being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.
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