The Gwinnett County father and stepmother accused of starving to death a 10-year-old girl will remain in jail.
A Gwinnett judge denied bond Friday morning for Eman and Tiffany Moss, saying they were flight risks who had the potential of committing more crime, court officials said.
Both are charged with felony murder, first-degree child cruelty and concealing a death in connection with the death of Emani Moss.
The actual cause and manner of Emani’s death remains undetermined as investigators await the results of a toxicology report, authorities said.
In early November, police responded to a call from Eman Moss. When officers arrived, they found Emani’s burned body in a Dumpster near the apartment where she lived with her father and stepmother.
The father and stepmother were arrested after a subsequent investigation.
Court records show a history of cruelty and abuse accusations dating to when Emani was an infant. Tiffany Moss was previously arrested on cruelty charges involving Emani.
And the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services saw upheaval after a revelation that the agency had previously investigated allegations of Emani’s abuse without removing her from the home.
Eman and Tiffany Moss’ two younger children remain in the custody of DFCS. Despite being in jail, the parents both attempted to get the court to allow them custody.
Eman Moss’ mother and Tiffany Moss’ family are vying for custody of the younger siblings, authorities said. Robin Moss, Eman Moss’ mother, had custody of Emani for a time.
Robin Moss’ sister said Friday that the family still cannot believe the accusations against Eman Moss.
“Emani was his world,” Victoria Cherry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “What I saw was that he loved every last one of his children.”
Eman and Tiffany Moss are being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.