Thursday, November 7, 2013

Should grandparents have rights to their Grandchildren? Maybe Lil Emani would still be Alive.

 Having a background in the legal field there were times I've worked on cases where grandparents sought custody for their grandchildren and were unable to gain any sort of custody rights, because "grandparents rights" are not acknowledged. Grandparents must petition the court and show "Extroadinary Circumstances" of why they should be granted some form of Custody.  Even if the child is being abused of some sort. In family law, it falls under the title of "Domestic Relations".

 Something needs to change in the law so that beautiful children like this one here can be saved. And I agree, Georgia sucks. Most of the DYFACS suck, they are lazy and hate to do their job. This little girl did everything she could to be saved and no one went the EXTRA mile to help. The real mom said she had no idea her own child was being abused, so that tells you the last time she saw her child and what kind of relationship she had with her.
How is it possible for this young girl to be out of school for so long and even authorities at the school did not notify anyone, especially with the history of abuse. EVERYBODY FAILED! Sickening!


The paternal grandmother of a 10-year-old Georgia girl whose emaciated body was discovered burned in a trash can over the weekend said the system had failed the child.
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.
Police reports released since Saturday, when Emani's malnourished remains were found in a garbage bin outside her home in suburban Atlanta, indicate that the 10-year-old tried to run away from home and showed up at school with bruises and welts.
'My baby went through hell,' her grandmother Robin Moss told Atlanta Journal Constitution.

According to the woman, after Emani had confided in her that she was being abused by her parents, her son and his wife kept the 10-year-old away from her.
‘Detectives believe the victim was isolated from people outside of her family in the weeks before her death,’ said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. ‘She did not attend school outside the home during this school year.’
Robin Moss’ attorney said the woman tried to get child services to open an investigation into allegations of abuse, but no action had been taken.
Miss Moss also said she had fought to win custody of her granddaughter, but the state would not let her have Emani.

‘I don't understand how the system kept putting her back in that home,’ Moss said.
The bereaved grandmother explained that she helped raise Emani from the time she was 4 years old, and the two had developed a strong bond.

Authorities conducted an autopsy on Emani Sunday and determined that her body was burned after she was dead, likely in an effort to conceal the crime, said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith. 

Emani may have died as early as October 30 and was severely underweight when her body was found, Smith said. He said the autopsy showed the girl had been denied food for several days before her death. 

Both Eman Moss and his second wife have criminal histories. 
The father was arrested in 2004 on charges of battery and cruelty to children after police said he allegedly beat his first wife in front of Emani.
On March 19, 2010, then-6-year-old Emani told a school nurse she was afraid to go home with her bad report card because she was afraid her parents would hurt her, according to one of the police reports. 

When the nurse investigated further, she found the girl had bruises on her body and reported it to police.

Police took Emani and her stepmother to department headquarters for interviews that day and said Emani had severe bruises and welts on her chest, back, shoulders, arms and legs, the police report said.

Tiffany Moss told police she only hit the girl with a belt three times, the report said. She was arrested on a child-cruelty charge.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services signed a 2010 plea deal ordering Tiffany Moss to serve five years of probation for beating Emani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

In July 2012, Emani tried running away from home, the police reports show.
The girl's grandmother, Robin Moss, was quoted by local news media on Sunday and Monday as saying that she suspected Emani was being abused, but couldn't persuade state authorities to grant her custody. 

Emani's mother, Danita Leaks, told Atlanta FOX affiliate WAGA-TV on Monday that she and Eman Moss fought over custody for two to three years and she was unaware that her daughter was being abused.

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