Alcenti weighed 7.5 pounds — 1.5 pounds more than the day she was born. She never developed a thymus, which helps ward off illness, which the medical examiner blamed on the malnourishment.
“Calvin ordered Najlaa to deprive the children and Iasia of food if they are disobedient,” Cpl. Ed. Ritter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email.
The case was uncovered when Calvin Mcintosh took Alcenti to a Sandy Springs hospital in November and put her on a counter, telling the staff that she was having trouble breathing, Gwinnett Det. James Sweeney testified Friday.
“The nurse described the baby as looking, appearing, like a skeleton,” Sweeney said. “This was a prolonged situation of being malnourished and starved.”
Hospital staff reported the suspected child abuse. Mcintosh left the hospital but police found him the next day by tracing his cellphone signal, Sweeney said.
News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB radio reporter Sandra Parrish and AJC photographer Kent D. Johnson contributed to this report