Stepmom gets death penalty for fatally starving 10-year-old girl


An Alabama woman showed no emotion when she was sentenced to die by lethal injection for starving her 10-year-old stepdaughter to death.

Tiffany Moss, 36, was handed the death penalty Tuesday by a Gwinett County jury in the 2013 death of Emani Moss, whose malnourished body was burned in a trash bin.

She was found guilty Monday of all counts, including murder, after representing herself.

Throughout the proceedings, Moss remained silent as prosecutors described how she starved and locked up Emani in a bedroom at their Lawrenceville apartment.

Prosecutors alleged the girl lived in waste in her own bed because she was too malnourished to move and weighed 32 pounds when she died.

Following the girl’s death, the stepmother and her husband tossed the body in a trash can and set it on fire, officials said.

Moss made no opening or closing statements at the trial and declined to call witnesses to the stand.

The jury of six men and six women agreed Tuesday morning to give Moss the death sentence, rather than life without parole.

The girl’s father, Eman Moss, is serving life in prison without parole in connection to the crime.

With Wires


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