A Gwinnett County judge turned down requests from both grandmothers seeking custody of the two remaining siblings of Emani Moss, the Lawrenceville girl who died of starvation last year, allegedly at the hands of her parents.
According to reports, Gwinnett Juvenile Judge Robert L. Walker said neither Pearlie Bashir nor Robin Moss were currently fit to have custody of the two younger siblings of Emani, 10, who was found dead on Nov. 1, 2013. Investigators believe she was a victim of abuse.
The parents, Eman Moss and Tiffany Moss, have been charged with
murder and are facing
the death penalty.
Judge Walker was especially hard on Bashir, Tiffany Moss’ mother, who reportedly lived with the family for a time during the alleged abuse.
In the judge’s order filed in December and obtained by WSB-TV this week, he wrote, “At best, Ms. Bashir turned a blind eye to the suffering and, ultimately, to the death of a child who had been living in her home off and on for over three years.”
According to the order, the judge said Robin Moss, the paternal grandmother, didn’t have stable employment or housing to care for the two children and had “no relationship” with them. But he also did not completely rule out the possibility she could gain custody.
The two children currently are in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.