An arrest has been made in the devastating death of 9-year-old South Georgia girl found stabbed to death.
Semaj Antonio Moss, 18, of Tifton, has been arrested and charged with malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault. He was picked up in Lowndes County on Saturday by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and will be transported to the Tift County Jail.
The GBI says it received a call from the Tifton Police Department on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, just after 7:30 a.m. Tifton Police Officers had responded to a call at the Peterson Apartments around 7:20 a.m. and found 9-year-old Alazia Johnson dead from apparent stab wounds.
Agents and investigators are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. Alazia’s body was taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur where autopsy results are pending.
“I just want them to find whoever did this. I want them to pay for this. She was my baby. My only girl, my best friend. We talked about everything together. She knew everything,” her mother Tegina Brown told WALB in Albany early last week.
Thanks to support of local businesses and individuals in the community, an $8,000 reward was offered for information on the whereabouts of involved parties.
“We understand everyone’s concern and need for answers as to what has happened to a loved member of our community,” Tifton police wrote on Facebook. “At this time, we are not able to release details of the investigation. We ask that everyone be patient as we pull together the evidence and information needed to bring the person or persons responsible for this crime to justice.”
Agents and investigators are soliciting the public’s help for assistance with this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or the Tifton Police Department at 229-382-3132.
Tifton is approximately 100 miles south of Macon. The Tifton Police Department asked the community pray for the family on Facebook.