A Georgia father has pleaded guilty to murder in the starving death of of his 1-year-old daughter. Police believe the killing may be related to the ritual practices of an obscure cult.
Calvin Mcintosh, 48, pleaded guilty to charges including felony murder and cruelty to children in the first degree, according to Fox News.
Mcintosh had technically offered an Alford plea, meaning he has accepted punishment without admitting guilt, according to 11 Alive, an Atlanta, Georgia-based NBC affiliate. Lesser charges, including some related to the starvation of the child's mother, were dropped as part of the plea deal, the station reported.
The death of Mcintosh's daughter, Alcenti, occurred on Nov. 11, 2014. Police had been alerted to the situation when Calvin brought his daughter to a hospital that day. She was pronounced dead on arrival and a subsequent analysis by the county medical examiner determined starvation was the cause.
The Gwinnett District Attorney's Office said on Sept. 20 that they would not be offering more details about the case, but a press release issued by police when Alcenti died indicates the child's demise may have been related to cult practices.
"Investigators ... 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, an Islam-based cult which is known for being a sovereign group," the press release stated, according to Fox News.
Police had also discovered three other children described as "severely malnourished" at the hotel where Mcintosh was living. One child was 5 years old, the other two were 3 years old.
Mcintosh's 23-year-old daughter, Najlaa Mcintosh, and a 21-year-old named Iasia Sweeting were also found at the hotel. Sweeting was described in the press release as "in desperate need of medical attention" and could not move or talk.
Najlaa was allegedly Mcintosh's enforcer, depriving the children and Sweeting of food if they misbehaved, according to Fox News.
Investigators learned that two of the children had been fathered through an incestuous relationship between Calvin and Najlaa. The other two, including the deceased 1-year-old, were the children of Sweeting and Calvin.
Sweeting claimed she was kidnapped by Mcintosh in 2011, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an Atlanta, Georgia-based news organization. Mcintosh has not been charged with the kidnapping of Sweeting, as she had been classified as a runaway. Sweeting has since been recovering from starvation and has gained a crucial amount of weight, according to the outlet.
Elvis Morgan, Sweeting's mother, is hopeful about her daughter's future.
“Our lives are so much better. We kind of put the Calvin trial in the back of our heads,” Morgan told The Atlantic Journal-Constitution. “Now that this has come back up, oh my God ... She’s got to remember everything all over again ... We want it over with."
Najlass Mcintosh has been charged with unspecified crimes as a result of the investigation but her trial date has yet to be set. Najilass had pleaded not guilty, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Calvin potentially faces life in prison with a possibility of parole when he is sentenced in November.
[Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department]