SANTA FE, N. M. – Prosecutors want to keep two men and three women jailed on child abuse charges in the north of New Mexico are now saying that they seized a document entitled “Phases of a Terrorist Attack” on the filthy desert compound where 11 children and a dead boy is found.
In a court filing Friday, prosecutors said that the hand-written document that had instructions for “one-time terrorist,” and mentioned an unnamed place called “the ideal attack site.”
The document was submitted as evidence, but not made public. Prosecutors are challenging a judicial ruling that would release the adults to house arrest with ankle bracelets — even though no one has released in the midst of death threats against the judge and to ensure the defendants of their own safety.
The newly submitted documents did not make clear whether there was an alleged attack plan, and no terrorism-related charges have been filed.
Thomas Clark, the lawyer for the accused, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, said Monday that he has not received the new information from the prosecutor and refused to comment.
All five defendants have already pleaded not guilty to child neglect charges in state district court.
Wahhaj and his partner, Jany Leveille, were charged Friday with child abuse resulting in death in connection with the death of Wahhaj the 3-year-old son of Abdul-ghani, whose remains were found in a tunnel at the compound three days after the initial law enforcement raid this month.
In a warrant, statement of charges, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe is accused of the pair of denying the proper medical care for the severely disabled boy, even if he seemed to be going through attack and heart failure.
Wahhaj and Leveille have yet to make their first appearance on the new rates or enter resources. Leveille’s lawyer, Kelly Golightley, on Friday that her client maintains her innocence.
Prosecutors offer a detailed report of the child death written in a journal entry, which they attribute Leveille, indicating that Abdul-ghani died at the end of December 2017 as the exhausted boy’s heartbeat faded in and out during a religious ritual, accompanied by a reading of the Qur’an and that are focused on the eradication of demonic spirits.
The ritual and the boy’s death were described in earlier sessions of the general court by an FBI agent that has based itself on the information from the interviews with young people who lived at the compound. The descriptions in accordance with aspects of an alternative, meditative, Islamic healing ritual called ruqya.
Plaintiffs have argued that older children were trained in the handling of firearms to the possible attack on government agencies.