Case file details abuse investigations prior to girl's murder
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Emani Moss' case file with DFACS is hundreds of pages long. It ends with the girl's murder at the age of ten earlier this month.
CBS Atlanta obtained the documents from the state's Department of Human Resources Division of Family and Children Services. It details six abuse allegations made about Emani Moss' care and how the state dealt with each one.
The state's most extensive involvement was in 2010 when Moss' school called in state investigators. She reportedly came in with bruises, welts and abrasions.
In the report her grandmother is quoted repeating something the then seven-year old had said to her, "They're beating me to death and I'm going to die."
Her father, Eman Moss and step-mother Tiffany Moss were ordered to parenting class.
Emani Moss was temporarily placed with her grandmother. During that time, Moss' teacher reported she changed from quiet and shy to outspoken and was doing better in school.
Moss was placed back with her father and step-mom. When she went back to them, the report notes she cried all day saying she was afraid she would be beaten again.
The case was transferred to three different case workers. It was closed just after seven months. State investigators determined they had very little concern about Moss being in danger.
Less than two years later, Moss' school called in DFACs again. According to the records she was "spanked in the back and head with a belt." The case worker investigating cited the previous abuse, but there is no mention of the case worker talking with anyone. The notation in the report is that the injuries were considered "insignificant." The case was closed.
Shortly before Moss was killed, DFACS was once called once again. There was no investigation by a case worker because there was no current address for the family.
DFACS was called when Moss was found dead. At age ten, officers said she weighed 32 pounds. Her father and stepmother are accused of starving her and then trying to burn her body in a trash can outside her Lawrenceville apartment. Both are being held without bond on murder charges.
Moss' grandmother, Robin, has put the state on notice that she plans to sue over her daughter's death.
DFACS has said they are investigating and are putting in new policies.
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