In a disturbing case of alleged child abuse, incest and murder, police say a suspected cult member in Peachtree Corners has been charged in the starvation death of his 15-month-old daughter. Another daughter, 23, who he is charged with raping and impregnating, is also accused in the child’s death.
Police announced Friday morning that 44-year-old Calvin Mcintosh, a reported follower in the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, an Islam-based group known for being a “sovereign” nation, was charged with murder in the death of Alcenti Mcintosh. Alcenti was reportedly pronounced dead on arrival Tuesday at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs, after the father brought the malnourished girl in for treatment.
In yet another set of charges, the man is accused of starving the child’s mother, a 21-year-old woman — whose family says she was abducted four years ago — until she weighed just 59 pounds and couldn’t speak.
The sordid and complicated case began when hospital employees called police to report that the 15-month old appeared to have been neglected or abused when the father brought her in.
Officers went to check room 310 at the Extended Stay America hotel on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Police say they found the 23-year-old daughter, Najlaa Mcintosh, with three “severely malnourished” children, ages 5, 3 and 3. Calvin Mcintosh fathered two of the children with his daughter, according to police.
Also in the room was the 21-year-old, Iasia Sweeting, who reportedly also has two children with the man, one of them being the deceased.
“Iasia was lying on the floor wrapped in blankets and was in desperate need of medical attention,” Cpl. Edwin Ritter, spokesman for Gwinnett police, said in a news release. “Investigators also discovered during the execution of a search warrant copious amounts of literature and notes in reference to ritualistic behavior and the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors…”
The discovery of Sweeting in the hotel — and her condition — wasn’t totally news to the woman’s family. Her cousin, Darnell Morgan, told the Daily Post on Friday that they believe Calvin Mcintosh “abducted” her from her home in DeKalb County on April 12, 2010.
“The police pretty much said she was a runaway (at the time),” Morgan said. “We know she was not a runway. We’re not 100 percent sure how, (but) she was coerced.”
The cousin said Sweeting, a former student of DeKalb School of the Arts, had been friends with Calvin Mcintosh’s son.
Though they never got her to come home, Morgan says they knew Sweeting was with the 44-year-old, and they knew he was a member of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, which is reportedly a “black supremacist” group that believes in a complicated combination of theology and conspiracy. They had also heard she might be living in the hotel but weren’t able to confirm it.
“(The cult’s) whole thing is all about brainwashing and control,” Morgan said, adding that the family believes Sweeting had been coerced and intimidated into staying by threats that she couldn’t take her 15-month-old if she left.
Sweeting’s 2010 case came to the attention of Gwinnett authorities in 2012. According to police, an officer ran her information after a jaywalking stop and found she was listed as a missing person. Eighteen at the time, Sweeting reportedly wasn’t interested in going back to Atlanta.
An officer wrote in a report of the stop that: “I spoke with her mother … a little later in the evening to let her know that her eighteen-year-old daughter appeared in good spirits and in good health, living in a safe environment in Gwinnett County.”
Now, the police don’t believe there was much of anything “safe” or healthy about how she lived.
They say they have learned that Calvin Mcintosh ordered his daughter Najllaa to deprive Sweeting and the children of food if they were disobedient. Investigators believe that Sweeting, who is in the hospital in serious condition, was starved regularly since giving birth to the deceased child.
Calvin Mcintosh and his daughter remain in the Gwinnett County jail without bond. The three living children have been taken into custody by the state.
According to police, members of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors — of which Calvin Mcintosh denies being a member — have been encountered in Gwinnett County previously but not in such a disturbing and serious case. Typically, they have been charged for minor crimes, such as driving with licenses issued by their “nation,” not the state of Georgia.