Georgia woman Tiffany Moss sentenced to death for starving 10-year-old stepdaughter, burning body in trash can
36-year-old Tiffany Moss was found guilty of all counts including murder, cruelty to children and trying to conceal the death of 10-year-old Emani Moss by burning her body.
ATLANTA (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to death for starving her stepdaughter to death in a suburb north of Atlanta in 2013.
Thirty-six-year-old Tiffany Moss was found guilty of all counts including murder, cruelty to children and trying to conceal the death of 10-year-old Emani by burning her body.
Moss represented herself at trial and didn't mount a defense. She did not make an opening statement, closing argument or call witnesses. She also showed no emotion as the decision was read aloud in the courtroom.
Authorities say Emani weighed only 32 pounds (14 kilograms) when her body was found. They also revealed grisly details of Emani’s death and its gruesome aftermath, in which Moss and her husband, Eman, stuffed the girl’s emaciated body in a trash can and set it on fire. Eman is serving life in prison without parole for his role in the crime.
While Moss remained silent, prosecutors told the court that she kept the young girl confined to her room and denied her food until she wasted away.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Lisa Jones told jurors Emani ran away and would sleep outside alone in the dark in bushes rather than be in the apartment with Moss. “That child was nothing to her [Tiffany]. In this case, it was intent, day after day after day,” Jones said.