A Cobb County woman who allegedly tortured a toddler to death decades ago at what has been described as a cult in Florida appeared before a judge there on Monday afternoon.
Investigators said Anna Elizabeth Young starved, tortured and caged Emon “Moses” Harper until he died in the late 80s or early 90s, according to an indictment.
Young faces a first-degree murder charge, which in Florida indicates investigators suspect a murder has been premeditated or planned in advance.
She was arrested in November at her Bridgestone Drive home in Marietta. Cobb tax records show Young — who had married and was living under the last name “Anderson” — started paying taxes on the house in 2003.
Young, 75, previously ran the House of Prayer for All People in Micanopy, which is in Florida’s Alachua County.
In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Young’s daughter said she witnessed her mother’s abusive treatment of children and adults. Joy Fluker believes her mother is mentally ill and needs treatment.
Young appeared in an orange jumpsuit before circuit judge Mark Moseley for a case management conference on Monday afternoon. The appearance was an opportunity for the judge to check in on the progress of the case and clear up any administrative issues.
Florida court records show this was Young’s first time in court since her first appearance hearing when she was brought down from Georgia.
It didn’t last much past two minutes.
A public defender said they’d received documents from discovery — the process of both sides of a legal case exchanging what they plan to bring as evidence — three days earlier.
Young’s case management conference was moved to March 5.