(Atlanta, GA) – Georgia has only executed two women in its history and 36-year old Tiffany Moss will likely be the third.
A Gwinnett County jury of six men and six women took about 2 1\2 hours to decide Moss’ sentence, death by lethal injection, for killing her 10-year old stepdaughter Emani in 2013.
Emani’s dad, Eman, who is already serving life in prison for the crime, testified that the abuse against his daughter began shortly after he married Tiffany in 2009. As early as 2010, Tiffany was already in court pleading guilty to beating Emani.
Emani’s Grandmother Robin Ross told Eman to let the little girl come live with her but he said no. Blaming it on pride, he refused to let Emani move and it would ultimately cost the 10-year old her life.
Leading up to her death, Emani was confined to her room and starved to death. Tiffany took great care of her two biological children, but deprived Emani of the basic necessities to live. When she died she weight just 32 lbs.
The events came to a head on Oct. 24, 2013. Eman came home from work to find Emani seizing in the bathtub. Eman didn’t call 911 or take Emani to the hospital. Tiffany said no. Eman put her in her bed and she never moved again, dying on October 28th or 29th.
“She was shaking,” he testified. “She was trying to say something, but she wasn’t saying much. (Her eyes) were going from left to right.”
What happened next is beyond disturbing. Tiffany suggested they bury the little girl but Eman decided they would burn her body. He purchased a trash can and together along with their two other children, Tristan – 3 and Emma -1, drove out to the woods and proceeded to burn Emani’s body.
Rigor mortis had set in so Eman had to crack his 10-year old daughter’s bones to make her fit in the trash can. He threw in some charcoal briquettes, doused her with lighter fluid and set her on fire.
After realizing that her body wouldn’t completely burn to ash, he put the fire out, loaded the trash can with her body in it back onto the truck and went back home.
The next day, Eman went to work with Emani’s burnt body still in the back of his truck in a trash can. He worked two jobs and at the end of the day he pulled the plug on the evil events that they both had now been a part of . Tiffany said no when he wanted to call authorities, but he called anyone.
She fled with their two children and dropped them off at her mother’s house. She ultimately turned herself in.