The suspected childbirth found last week with 11 children and four other adults in a New Mexico association had trained at least one of the underage to use a violent gun to prepare for a shotgun, prosecutors said in court records filed on Wednesday. The children, as officials said between the ages of 15 and 15, were taken by some adults to the federation to receive weapons training for future acts of violence, the documents said.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, who would have suspected he had abducted his 3-year-old son, was arrested with four other adults after Taos County officials fought on Friday the odd property in the scrubland of Amalia, NM. Prosecutors ask that all four adults, each of whom are guilty of 1
1 bills of child abuse abuses, are held without the guarantor. They are Lucas Allen Morten, 40, as prosecutors said were in common control of property and have accused of having a felony because they said he deliberately gave help to Siraj Wahhaj; Hujrah J. Wahhaj, 37, a sister to Wahhaj, Subhannah A. Wahhaj, 35, another sister and Jany N. Leveille, 35. The women are believed to be mothers of some, if not all, of the children. 19659003] A judge ordered that the group be held without binding on Wednesday.
The arrests were the culmination of a month-long search for the missing child Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. The young boy was not among the 11 children found on the property, but investigators are working to identify a child’s remnants as they say they found in the area after receiving a second keyword.
The search for Abdul-Ghani began nine months ago in Jonesboro, Ga., Where his mother told police that her husband had taken him to a park and never returned. The boy was encephalopathic, had difficulty walking, suffered from seizures and demanded an emergency medicine that the father did not have told his mother to the police, according to a report in Clayton News-Daily from December. Abdul-Ghani and his father had seen the month traveling through Alabama with several other children and adults. They had been involved in an accident and gave an officer who helped them express that they would come to New Mexico for camping.
Tyler Anderson, a 41-year-old auto mechanic who lives near the association, told Associated Press that the group had reached the end of last year. He said he had helped them install solar panels but fell in touch with them after that.
“We just thought they did what we did, got a bite and went out of the grid,” said Anderson. 19659008] This photo released by the Taos County Sheriff Office shows a rural assembly in Amalia, NM (Taos County Sheriff Office via AP)
Officials in Taos County said they received information about a child like had been kidnapped by his father in May. And the association in Amalia had not been unnoticed by local law enforcement agencies, who guarded the site in connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and noticed that it had a shooting game. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said that the FBI did not know there was a likely reason to seek the property. But eventually, the sheriff’s office received a tip from a detective in Georgia who believed to have come from someone in the association: “We starve and need food and water.”
“I started working on an applicant immediately after I received the intercepted message,” said Hogrefer in a statement earlier this week. “It was a search term and a tactical approach to our own safety because we had learned that the passengers were probably very armed and considered extremist for the Muslim faith. We also knew from the composition that they would have an advantage unless we use tactically and fast. “
The law enforcement officers arrived at what they described as a sharp scene: a trailer covered with plastic and ringed with tires buried in dirt on a property filled with risks for the trip, forest with upside down nails, broken glass and open excavations. An odd tunnel, about three to four feet wide and two and a half meters long, extended for about 100 meters, which represents another danger to the property, wrote prosecutors.
A small utility vehicle nearby was messy with clothes and temporary beds, prosecutors said. Investigators also found four guns, a military style rifle and a large amount of ammo. The property was scattered out of the trash bin and had no clean water, electrical or indoor fluids, according to court documents.
At that time, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogref described the terms of the association as the “worst living conditions and poverty I have seen.” He said the children looked like third world refugees, not just without food or fresh water but without shoes, personal hygiene and in principle dirty clothes for clothes. “
Prosecutors did not raise the claim that a child was trained for a shotgun in court on Friday, the Associated Press reported.
Hakima Ramzi recorded a desperate remark on Facebook in January about his son’s disappearance.
“He’s sick, he needs his medicine,” she said through tears in January. “He needs everything. I do not know if he is living, or he is, I do not know his condition now. So please, please, I need your help to find my husband and my son.”
Wahhaj’s father Siraj Wahhaj is imam of a mosque in Brooklyn in Bedford-Stuyvesant district.
“In the light of recent events, The Masjid At Taqwa Society would like to pray that you continue to pray for our Imam and his family,” the mosque published on its Facebook page on Tuesday.
In January, a note was written on Wahhaj’s Facebook page about Siraj, Hujrah and Subhanah, his children, and Morton and Leveille, whom he identified as his son and grandson and 12 grandchildren.
“We think they may travel together,” said the note, asking people to call the police if they had any information.
Facebook posts show how the information about Abdul Ghani and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj reverberated through the community around the mosque. In January, a Facebook account of Naeemah Rashid, who said she was Imam’s son-in-law, sent a picture of other children around the missing poster for Abdul-Ghani.
“I wanted to take the time to make sure that we also focus on praying for the other children too, because their parents make these choices will affect these children too,” she wrote. “AND IF THE FATHER (SIRAJ IBN) AND SON (ABDUL GHANI), THEY WERE ONLY REPORTED THAT MISS THE POLICY, BUT THERE ARE SIMILAR TO REMEMBER AND ALL ON THE PICTURE HERE.”
Rumors shouted about the stay of the other adults, as some claimed had turned off their phones.
Subhanah Wahhaj wrote an unfortunate message that seems to be in response to speculation in January.
“Fraud and lies!” she wrote. “Be careful what you think. And be careful who you think. The truth will be revealed. Do not worry everyone. I’m sure and good.”
The composition was found on property purchased by a couple, Tanya and Jason Badger , according to documents released by court officials. Badgers told the news that they had tried to get the authorities to help them get the group out.
“We had told them several times that you know they are not renters, they do not pay this rent, they are squatters, they are illegal – I do not want them there,” told Jason Badger CNN.
It was unclear why an expulsion labeled Badger against Morton was rejected by a judge in June, according to court record.
Abigail Hauslohner and Avi Selk contributed to this report.
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