Emani Moss weighed only 32 pounds when she died; she was 10 years old.
The body of the Gwinnett County, Ga., girl was found burned in a trash can in November 2013. Just this week, the county medical examiner determined that her cause of death was starvation, and her parents were indicted on murder charges.
The body of 10-year-old Emani Moss was found burned the trash outside her famil's apartment building in November. (Image source: WSB-TV)
Because she was so underweight, Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Investigator Eddie Reeves told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they couldn't determine officially how long she had been dead. The average weight for the average height of a 10-year-old girl is 72 pounds. Reeves told the newspaper Moss was in the lowest percentile for her age.
“This is the worst investigation I’ve been involved in with regards to the condition of the child that did not have trauma,” Reeves told the Journal-Constitution.
A medical examiner determined Emani Moss died of starvation and neglect before her body was burned. (Image source: WSB-TV)
He said her body was "so emaciated" it had no muscle tone.
Moss' father and stepmother were arrested shortly after her body was found, but were denied bond last week as a judge ruled they were flight risks.
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Eman and Tiffany Moss were charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of child abuse and concealing death.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reported court documents alleging that Eman Moss witnessed Emani "seizing up" in the bathtub in October. Police said the couple left her in the tub and found she had died six days later, at which point they tried to get rid of her body by burning it in a dumpster outside their Veranda Chase Apartments.
Eman and Tiffany Moss remain in county jail without bond and have been served several charges including murder. (Image source: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office)
Court documents described the couple's treatment as "cruel and excessive physical and mental pain by withholding necessary sustenance to sustain human life," the Daily Post reported.
Eman Moss enters Magistrate Court Friday Nov. 8, 2013. The parents of Emani Moss are shown during their first court appearance before Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Kristina Blum in Gwinnett County Magistrate Court. Eman and Tiffany Moss, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, have been arrested and charged with murder, concealing a body, and child cruelty after police say they had starved to death their daughter, Emani, and then set her body on fire to cover up the crime. (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent. D. Johnson)
The Journal-Constitution reported that the state's Division of Family and Children’s Services had been involved with the family in prior child abuse cases but didn't remove the children from the adults' care at the time. Emani's two other siblings are currently in the department's custody.