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State had red flags of abuse before 10-year-old's death


The Division of Family and Children Services investigated the treatment of Emani Moss numerous times, but she remained in her home.

Her father, Eman Moss, and step-mother, Tiffany Moss are accused of starving the 10-year-old and then trying to conceal her death by burning her body in a trash can outside their Lawrenceville apartment.

DFCS records show the agency was most recently called in August over neglect concerns. The complaint stated the person was concerned the child was afraid to interact with people and things. The record states the case was screened out because there was no current address and no current maltreatment as the person filing the complaint had not seen the family in three months.

In May of 2012, Emani's school reported she said she was hit on the back of the head with a belt for eating breakfast too slow. The state worker wrote the injury was insignificant and determined to be corporal punishment, and there was no maltreatment.

In the spring on 2010, Tiffany Moss was convicted of child cruelty after Emani's school reported she had bruises, welts and abrasions. Emani was taken out of the home for a brief time. Tiffany went through parenting classes and anger management classes. The state closed the case in 2012 citing the risk of harm to Emani had been reduced.

The state responded to allegations of sexual abuse in late 2008, early 2009. The state found no evidence and closed the case.

In 2003 and 2005 there were also reports of inadequate food, clothing and shelter. Those cases were closed.

During the time Emani lived with her grandmother there were no listed issues with the state.

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