Police: Father charged in baby's starving death could be cult member

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — UPDATE: Police say the woman who was found weighing just 59 pounds in an Extended Stay motel was reported missing in 2010.

Her aunt told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas that she disappeared at the age of 17. Her aunt said the family filed missing person reports for her which listed her as weighing 103 pounds. They have been doing their own investigations ever since but never could track down exactly where she was. They say they then got a call Tuesday night from police saying they had found her in Peachtree Corners.

Police are investigating the starving death of a 15-month-old infant girl.

They say she died at the Extended Stay on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Gwinnett County.

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas started digging into the case Wednesday and learned disturbing details about charges that the family members face.

Police say the child, Alcenti McIntosh, was taken to the hospital by her father, 44-year-old Calvin McIntosh. The child was determined to be dead upon arrival, police said.

Medical personnel determined that based on the child’s physical appearance, her death was most likely a case of neglect and abuse.

Police executed a search warrant at the location where the family was staying, where investigators said they met with a 23-year-old woman identified as Najilla McIntosh.

There were three other children in the motel room, ages 5, 3, and 3, according to police. The children were severely malnourished and in need of medical attention, police said.

Also in the room was a 21-year-old woman lying on the floor. She was wrapped in blankets and in desperate need of medical attention, weighing only 59 pounds, police said.

While executing the search warrant, police said they found large amounts of literature and notes pertaining to ritualistic behavior and the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, an Islam-based cult which is known for being a sovereign group, police said.

Investigators later learned that Calvin McIntosh fathered all four children.

Police said they learned Calvin McIntosh would deprive the children of food when they were disobedient.

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner ruled starvation as the cause of death for Alcenti McIntosh, police said.

Thomas asked a witness if she suspected any abuse going on in the motel room that she walked by on a regular basis.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” the witness said. “For the last week and a half, I would go past the door and I would hear a lot of crying. Just crying, crying, crying.”

The three surviving children are in the Department of Family and Child Services custody, while the woman who was malnourished remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Calvin McIntosh and Najilla McIntosh have been charged with felony murder, malice murder, first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children, and cruelty to a physically disabled adult.

Calvin McIntosh was also charged with rape, incest, and aggravated sodomy.