A grandmother seeking custody of the two remaining siblings of Emani Moss asked a Gwinnett County, Ga., judge Wednesday to reconsider a ruling that neither grandmother was fit to care for the children.
But the ruling stood, according to an AJC report.
Pearlie Bashir said she should be allowed to care for the children, who have been in state custody since the death of Emani Moss, the Lawrenceville girl who died of starvation and abuse in November 2013, allegedly at the hands of her parents.
The girl’s badly burned body was found in a trash can at an apartment complex on Veranda Chase Drive on Nov. 1.
The parents, father Eman Moss and stepmother Tiffany Moss, have been charged with murder and are facing the death penalty.
In April, a judge ruled neither Bashir nor Robin Moss could have the children. Bashir is Tiffany Moss’ mother; Robin Moss is Eman Moss’ mother.
The judge said in the ruling that Bashir, who lived with the family for a time during the alleged abuse, “turned a blind eye to the suffering,” and Robin Moss had “no relationship” with the children.
In this WSB report, Bashir told the court Wednesday she disagreed with the “turned a blind eye” statement, saying, “I know I would be a good placement for the children.”
Robin Moss told the court she was fine with the ruling, but didn’t want the children to go with Bashir.
The TV station is might be two years before the parents’ face a murder trial.