Body Of Young Boy Found At New Mexico Compound, Identity Unconfirmed

Eleven children were held with little food or water in a makeshift compound in Amalia N.M. for an unknown period of time before police raided the location on Friday Aug. 3 2018

(Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) The children were found in a rural compound in New Mexico (Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) From left, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP) Lucas Morton, left, and Siraj Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP) The rural compound was searched by police (Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) Jany Leveille is believed to be one of the mothers of 11 children found living in a filthy compound in New Mexico.

Eleven children aged 1 to 15 were taken into custody at the compound in New Mexico after a standoff between two Muslim men and the police.

Authorities say the search for Abdul-ghani, of Georgia, led them Friday to the squalid compound where they found his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, four other adults and 11 hungry children living in filthy conditions.

Even though young Abdul-Ghani was reported missing, there was no child abduction warrant against Wahhaj because he was married to his son's mother - meaning they both had equal custody of the boy, Clayton County police said.

"We discovered the remains yesterday on Abdul's fourth birthday", Sheriff Hogrefe said on Tuesday, seeming to become emotional.

The sheriff described planning "a tactical approach for our own safety because we had learned the occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist". But Wahhaj and Morten initially refused to follow commands and Wahhaj was armed with a rifle and four handguns, Hogrefe said. A warrant was issued in Georgia for Wahhaj's arrest on January 9. The boy's mother said the boy can't walk and requires constant attention.

Authorities raided the isolated property near the Colorado border last week.

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Hogrefe said the site had been under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for some time as part of its search for the missing boy. She said Wahhaj believed "the child is possessed by the devil" and that he meant to deny the boy his medication. Authorities in New Mexico on Tuesday said they have found the remains of a young boy.

"I had no probable cause to go onto this property prior to the day I wrote the first warrant".

When questioned, the women gave their names and the names of their children, "but would not give any information as to the whereabouts of AG Wahhaj except to say that 'he is not my son and I (we) am not allowed to talk about him, '" the affidavit states.

All five adults were detained, charged with child abuse.

The search stemmed from an investigation involving the Taos County Sheriff's Office, the FBI and Clayton County, Georgia, authorities, Hogrefe said in a statement.

"I've been working this job for 30 years, and I've never seen anything like this", Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.

According to law enforcement, the prime suspect in the boy's disappearance was his father, 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj.

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The Associated Press reports that Badger and his wife had pressed authorities to remove the group of people in the makeshift compound, which he says is on his land.

He said the children looked like "third-world country refugees" with no food, no fresh water, no shoes, "and basically dirty rags" for clothing. Three women believed to be their mothers were also found in the makeshift compound on Friday.

Siraj Wahhaj (L) and Lucas Morton, face child abuse charges.

The search for Abdul-ghani led authorities Friday to the compound shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and an earthen wall studded with broken glass.

When the Sheriff's Office Response Team moved on the compound, the only things they found for food were some potatoes and rice.

Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity.

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