Body Found on New Mexico Compound Where 11 Kids Were Discovered

Body Found on New Mexico Compound Where 11 Kids Were Discovered

A New Mexico sheriff says the remains of a boy have been found on at a makeshift compound which authorities raided last week in search of a missing Georgia child.

Investigators found remains of a young boy in the inner portion of the compound on Monday, but no identification has been made yet, said Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

The sheriff's office arrested the boy's father, 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj, and four other adults also found at the Amalia, N.M., compound, including Lucas Morten, Jany Leveille, and Siraj Wahhaj's sisters, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj.

Children ages 1 to 15 were rescued from the compound that had been under investigation for months.

Instead of finding the boy, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, though, they found 11 other children living in squalor with no fresh water and little food.

Officials in Clayton County, Georgia, said the boy and his father were last seen in Alabama, on December 13, when they were involved in a traffic accident while traveling with five other children and two adults, KOAT-TV reported. The boy, whose fourth birthday was Monday, was reported missing by his mother from Clayton County, Georgia, in December.

The second man has been alternatively identified by the sheriff as Lucas Morten and Lucan Morton.

He doesn't recall seeing the Georgia boy who was missing.

The boy's mother told police her child suffered from seizures along with development and cognitive delays.

The boy's father was among five people arrested after the raid near the border with Colorado. Abdul-ghani was believed to have been at the Amalia compound as recently as several weeks ago, Hogrefe said. The group told police they were headed to New Mexico to go camping, and continued on their way.

Anderson said the children found inside the compound at first played at neighboring properties but stopped in recent months.

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In a January Facebook post, Imam Siraj Wahhaj called for the safe return of his three children and 12 grandchildren.

It's not clear how long the 11 children and five adults were living in these squalid conditions. Aerial footage of the compound prior to the special forces raid revealed a child walking around with a limp, though authorities have not confirmed that they know this to be Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.

The state agency said it planned to file a petition with the court to maintain custody of the children, according to Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary for the department.

"We all gave the kids our water and what snacks we had - it was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen", Hogrefe said.

"I have learned that at least two of the children disclosed that AG Wahhaj was at the compound and in poor health and died there", Hogrefe wrote.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was detained on an outstanding warrant in Georgia alleging child abduction.

On the morning of August 3, a dozen officers began the "all day" operation, and discovered the two men with an AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols, including one in Wahhaj's pocket.

Property owner Jason Badger said he and his wife had pressed authorities to remove the group from the makeshift compound on his land.

Authorities returned to search the compound after interviews on Friday and Saturday led them to believe the boy might still be on the property.

"Last Thursday, when a message we reasonably believe came from a occupant of the compound or somebody with great knowledge of the compound sent a message saying said basically, we are starving and the children are staving, or something along those lines".

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

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