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DFCS fires workers after Emani Moss' death

8:12 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- More than a month after the death of Emani Moss, 11Alive has learned seven DFCS workers were disciplined for not taking sufficient steps to protect her.

According to documents obtained by 11Alive, three employees - an intake case manager, a social services administrator and a program assistant, were all terminated between November 8th and December 5th. The documents were obtained as part of an open records request.

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Of the remaining four employees, two received a written reprimand, a demotion and were removed from child protection services. Another was given a memorandum of concern (discipline letter) and yet another received a "written reprimand/final warning."

11Alive's Duffie Dixon sat down with Moss's grandmother, Robin Moss, to get her reaction to the disciplinary actions.

"It's not enough. If you ask me they should be in jail with my son and his wife. Those DFCS workers dropped the ball. They could have saved Emani," said Moss.

According to the DFCS case file on Emani Moss, most of those disciplined were directly responsible for dismissing allegations of abuse reported over a matter of years. The report cites three employees with "failure to thoroughly review intake report, family history and assess risk and insure (sic) safety."

According to DFCS internal investigation, another employee, an administrator with eight years of DFCS employment, had "prior knowledge of this family and their history," but still allowed Emani Moss to be screened out, closing her case in August 2013. That was DFCS final contact with the 10-year-old; she would die nearly three months later.

Governor Nathan Deal acknowledged the firings and said the state is now looking not just at Moss' case, but other closed files to see if things should have been handled differently.

"should there be evidence that there's a problem deeper or widespread, than what we currently believe is the case, then we would obviously take a more broad scale look at it," said Deal.

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