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Estate of Dead Toddler is Suing Georgia Hotel in Gwinnett Cult Starving Case

Gwinett Hearing (Credits to KENT D. JOHNSON / AJC)The estate of Alcenti McIntosh, the toddler allegedly starved to death by her father who’s a cult member, is suing the Georgia Hotel where the abuse happened.

The police said that Calvin McIntosh, 44, allegedly a member of the cult called Nuwabian Nation of Moors, locked the 15-month-old Alcenti McIntosh, together with her mother and three other children, in a room at the Extended Stay America hotel in Peachtree Corners for more than a year.

The dead toddler’s estate claimed that the hotel should have known, through the exercise of reasonable care, that the young girl was in danger. The estate filed the lawsuit in Gwinnett County State Court last March 2016.

Starved to Death

On November 11, 2014, Calvin McIntosh brought Alcenti to Northside Hospital, where doctors declared the little girl dead on arrival. The doctors found Alcenti’s dead body too thin for her age, so they ruled the cause of death as starvation then immediately reported the case to the police.

The investigation led the police to the Extended Stay Hotel in Peachtree Corners. Inside Calvin’s booked room, the police found Alcenti’s mother, a malnourished 21-year-old Lasia Sweeting, who turned out to be Calvin’s daughter. The police also found three other emaciated children who are all under the age of five, as well as Calvin’s eldest daughter named Najlaa who claimed she bore two of the young children of her father.
According to the investigation, Calvin kept them her daughters and the children locked inside the hotel room. Calvin had instructed Najlaa to refuse giving food to the others as their punishment.

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Because of the investigation, Sweeting and the other children survived. The police charged Calvin and Najlaa McIntosh with child cruelty and multiple counts of murder. They also charged Calvin with several counts of rape, incest, and sodomy. Calvin and Najlaa are both in jail, awaiting trial.

Accused for Negligence

The lawsuit filed is against Extended Stay America, three partner companies, five unnamed hotel staff members, and Calvin McIntosh. It accuses the hotel of negligence, claiming that the hotel should have been able to stop the abuse that was taking place on their premises.

According to court documents, Alcenti McIntosh was born in the hotel room around August 2013, and she was confined in the same room, with at least six other people, until her death.

The suit is asking for a jury trial and demanding an unspecified monetary fee for damages.