WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the man who was arrested at a New Mexico compound last week was allegedly training the children in the compound to commit school shootings.
- Authorities raided the compound Friday and found 11 starving children, ages 1 to 15, living in dirt.
- The remains of a child found inside the compound was feared to be Wahhaj’s missing 3-year old son.
Five suspects were arrested when a compound in New Mexico was raided by authorities last week for investigation. Eleven hungry children with ages ranging from 1 to 15 were found living in squalor.
According to court documents obtained Wednesday, one of the suspects, a father named Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was training the youngsters to commit school shootings. Prosecutors asked Wahhaj be held without bail.
Fox News reported the allegations against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj came to light as authorities awaited word on whether child remains discovered at the compound were those of his missing son, who is severely disabled and went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.
According to the New York Post, Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam with the same name. The older Wahhaj was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator who helped bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.
A child’s remains were found on the compound during the raid, but authorities did not confirm if the remains were that of the missing child.
The other suspects: Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 were arrested on the property on Friday and all face child abuse charges. The three women are the mothers of the children found.
When the authorities arrived at the compound, Wahhaj was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30 round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said.
The sheriff described the 11 children “looked like third world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.”
Investigators said 39-year-old Wahhaj told his son’s mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on his then-3-year-old son thinking he was “possessed by the devil.” He said he was taking the boy to a park but didn’t return.
Jason Badger, the owner of the land where the compound was built, said he and his wife had requested authorities to do an investigation out of concern about the children’s living condition.
The suspects had constructed the makeshift compound on the Badgers’ acreage instead of a neighboring tract owned by one of the suspects, Lucas Morton.
According to court records, a judge dismissed an eviction notice filed by Badger against Morton in June. The records did not provide further details on the judge’s decision, Fox News reported.
Source: Fox News