Authorities in Gwinnett County, Georgia, arrested a 44-year-old man and his 23-year-old daughter after both were accused in the starvation death of the man’s 15-month-old baby girl, according to a Nov. 15 report from Yahoo! News. The man’s three other young children, all in need of medical attention, were found in a hotel room just outside of Atlanta. Also found in that hotel room was an emaciated 21-year-old woman weighing only 59 pounds, wrapped in a blanket and lying on the floor. The father has been accused of abusing the disabled woman and has also been accused of sexually abusing the daughter that was arrested.
The father and daughter charged in the starvation death of the infant were identified by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as Calvin Mcintosh and Najlaa Mcintosh. The baby girl that died was named Alcenti. Both Calvin and Najlaa Mcintosh were charged with first-degree murder, malice murder and 6 counts of cruelty to children and a disabled adult, according to police in Gwinnett County.
Additional charges filed against the father include the rape, incest and aggravated sodomy of his 23-year-old daughter, Najlaa. The father and his daughter are both being held without bail at the Gwinnett County Jail.
The infant girl was pronounced dead on arrival Tuesday at an area hospital after the father transported her there. Police say that the infant “appeared to have died of neglect and abuse.”
When investigators went to the hotel where the man had been staying, they found the man’s daughter Najlaa and his other three young children who police say were all “severely malnourished.” Also found in the hotel room was the 21-year-old woman “who was wrapped in blankets on the floor and weighed only 59 pounds.”
The woman is listed in serious condition at a local hospital. Mcintosh’s three young children are now in the care of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services.
Two of those children were born out of incest from Mcintosh and his 23-year-old daughter. The other surviving child and the baby that died were mothered by Mcintosh’s emaciated victim. Police said that the children at the hotel were between three and five years of age.
Cpl. Edwin Ritter of the Gwinnett Police Department identified the 21-year-old emaciated victim as Iasia Sweeting. Ritter also reported that police discovered “copious amounts of literature and notes in reference to ritualistic behavior and the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, an Islam based cult which is known for being a sovereign group.”
“Calvin ordered Najlaa to deprive the children and Iasia of food if they are disobedient. The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner ruled starvation as the cause of death for Alcenti.”