Tragedy

Court awards $13.8 million to mother of baby starved by cult member

Iasia Sweeting, Poet, Activist and Survivor at The 2017 Women In The World Summit in New York City.

A Georgia court has awarded $13.8 million to the mother of a baby who was starved to death by her father, who is said to be connected to the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors cult.

The jury determined that Calvin McIntosh, the reported cult leader, would be responsible for 60 percent of the damages, according to Law.com. Another 30 percent would be paid out by the Extended Stay America Hotel in Norcross, for failing to take action when the abuse was occurring on its property.

McIntosh is currently serving a life sentence for starving his daughter, 15-month-old Alcenti McIntosh, to death. The child weighed just 7.5 pounds when McIntosh brought her lifeless body to a hospital in 2014. It was later determined that she had suffered 41 rib fractures.

McIntosh is reportedly a member of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a group that “mixes black supremacist ideas with worship of the Egyptians and their pyramids, a belief in UFOs and various conspiracies related to the Illuminati and the Bilderbergers,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lawyers for the child’s mother, Iasia Sweeting, say she was kidnapped at 16, raped, starved and held captive for four years. After Alcenti was pronounced dead, authorities found Sweeting at the hotel; she was 21 at the time and weighed only 59 pounds.

“By the time she was rescued, Iasia was in a catatonic state, and she stayed in a catatonic state for the next six months,” Plaintiffs attorney Andy Rogers tells Law.com.

Police discovered another three malnourished children, one of which was also Sweeting’s child. The other two were reportedly the children of McIntosh’s daughter, who allegedly helped her father terrorize his victims.

Extended Stay hotel claimed it had no inkling that abuse was occurring on its property, but it was found partially responsible for Alcenti’s death for failing to adhere to policies that would have brought the grim scenario to light. Hotel staff, for instance, are supposed to check the rooms at least once per week, but for the entirety of the four years they lived there, there was never a room inspection,” Rogers said.

He added that in spite of the trauma she endured, Sweeting has received mental health treatment and has undergone a “truly miraculous recovery.”

Read more at Law.com.

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