Justice has been served in a hair-raising case in Georgia.
Tiffany Moss, 36, has been sentenced to death by lethal injection for starving her 10-year-old stepdaughter to death and then burning her emaciated body.
It took the jury two and a half hour on Monday, April 29 to convict Moss to all six charges against her including murder, felony murder, cruelty to a child, and trying to conceal a death.
“Our criminal justice system is based on an idea that you have to pay, you have to submit to the law, depending on what crime you commit,” Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said, reported Albany Herald.
A Gwinnett County jury on Tuesday handed down Georgia’s first death sentence in more than five years to a woman convicted of murdering her stepdaughter.
Tiffany Moss, 36 showed no emotion as the unanimous decision was read aloud.
During the trial, the jury was presented with the horrific details of how Moss tortured the 10-year-old girl Emani Moss. Her stepmother locked her up in a room without food until she wasted away.
Prosecutors alleged the girl lived in waste in her own bed because she was too malnourished to move. Emani weighed 32 pounds when she died.
— Siglov Freudivan (@DerangedRadio) April 30, 2019
Following the girl’s death, Tiffany Moss and her husband tossed the body in a trash can and set it on fire, officials said.
The girl’s father, Eman Moss, is serving life in prison without parole in connection with the crime, according to New York Post.
Tiffany Moss becomes the only woman on death row in Georgia and, if executed, would be just the third woman put to death in the state’s history.
According to AJC, Moss represented herself in court and provided no defense. She didn’t prepare for trial and she never once addressed the jury.
Emanu’s abuse began three years before the young girl’s death in the fall of 2013. When the girl was six, Tiffany Moss had struck the girl with a belt for not doing her homework.
A teacher reported Emani’s bruises and Moss was charged with child cruelty. She pleaded guilty and was placed on probation, while also losing her job.
From that point Moss started to despise Emani.
Assistant District Attorney Lisa Jones told the court how Emani was kept in “her own personal prison,” where she was deprived food and drink, lived in filth, and wasted away in her own bed, because she was too weak to move.
“Emani lived with the evils in this world,” Jones said, reported AJC.
Jones said that although Emani “was disposable” to Moss, she was important to the other people around her.
“She was Emani and she mattered,” she said.
This has been a devastating trial. Prosecutors shared graphic testimony, evidence and photos with jurors about the death of 10 year old Emani Moss. Mosd was allegedly beaten/starved before her dad and stepmom burned her body. Moss’ stepmom, Tiffany, is facing the death penalty. pic.twitter.com/hk6tQaDjjh
— Natalie Fultz FOX 5 (@NatalieFFOX5) April 29, 2019
Rest in peace, poor baby girl!
She is with our Heavenly Father in heaven! She’s surrounded by true love now.