Prosecutor: Man in the compound-trained children for school shooting

TAOS, N. M. – A father was arrested on a rickety New Mexico compound where 11 children were found living in filth was the training of young people to commit school shootings, the public prosecutor said in the court documents obtained Wednesday.

The allegations against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj came to light as authorities awaited word on whether human remains discovered at the site were those of his missing son, who is severely disabled and went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.

The documents say Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with rifles on the compound near the Colorado border, which was raided by authorities Friday.

Prosecutor Timothy hasson served the court documents, while the question that Wahhaj to be held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults face child abuse charges.

“He represents a significant danger for the children to find on the goods as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms, and his intention to make use of these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” hasson wrote.

Officers of justice, not to the school shooting charges during the first court hearings Wednesday for the suspect abuse. A judge ordered them all held without bond pending further proceedings.

In the court documents, authorities said a foster parent of one of the 11 children removed from the compound, had told the authorities the child was trained to use an assault rifle in preparation for a school shooting.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said earlier adults at the compound were “considered to be extremist Muslim faith.” He did not elaborate, saying it was part of the research.

Aleks Kostich of the taos County Public Defender’s Office questioned the new charge of a school shooting conspiracy against Wahhaj, say that the claim with little information other than the explanation that it came of a foster parent.

Kostich believes prosecutors are not sure about the credibility of the foster parent, with whom he has no way to verify the claim, he said.

The human remains were analysed by medical researchers to determine whether it is that of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, the missing boy.

Earlier this year, his grandfather, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, posted a plea on Facebook for help finding his grandson.

The elder Wahhaj, the head of the Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, a mosque that has attracted radical speakers in the course of the years. He met Mahmud Abouhalima when he came to the site to raise money for the Muslims in Afghanistan. Abouhalima later helped bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.

In Georgia arrest warrant, authorities said the 39-year-old Siraj Ibn Wahhaj had told his son the mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child, because he believed that he was possessed by the devil. He later said that he was the child of a park and not return.

He is accused of being in Georgia the abduction of the boy.

The warrant of arrest there, says the missing boy is a condition that is caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow around the time of the birth. He can’t walk and requires constant attention, and his mother said to the police.

For months, neighbors worried about the filthy compound built along a remote New Mexico normal, say they took their concerns to the authorities long before the sheriff’s officials raided the facility to describe it as a small camping trailer in the ground.

The search on the compound came amid a two-month investigation of the FBI. Hogrefe said federal agents guarded the area from a few weeks ago, but not probable cause to search the house.

That changed when Georgia detectives sent a message to the sheriff that said he had initially sent to a third party, saying: “We are hungry and need food and water.”

Authorities found what Hogrefe called “the saddest living conditions and poverty he has seen in 30 years in the enforcement of the law. He said Wahhaj was armed with multiple firearms, including an assault rifle. But he was taken into custody without incident.

The group arrived in Amalia in December, with enough money to buy groceries and construction supplies, according to Tyler Anderson, a 41-year-old auto mechanic who lives in the neighborhood.

He said that he has helped them install solar panels after they arrived but eventually stopped visiting.

Anderson said he met both of the men in the group, but never the women, which authorities have said are the mothers of the 11 children in the age from 1 to 15.

“We just thought that they were doing what we were doing, get a piece of land and getting off the grid,” Anderson said.

As the months passed, he said that he stopped seeing the small children playing in the area and not hear guns being fired on a shooting range on site.

Jason Badger who is the owner of the premises where the connection was built, said he and his wife had pressed authorities to remove the group after you are worried about the children.

The group had set up the compound on their land in place of a neighboring tract owned by Lucas Morton, one of the men arrested during the raid.

However, a judge rejected an eviction notice filed by the Das against Morton in June, court records said. The records gave no further details about the decision of the judge.

After the raid, Anderson looked over the site for the first time in months.

“I was stunned of what it changed in one of the last times that I saw it,” he said.


Hudetz reported from Albuquerque. AP writers Kate Brumback in Atlanta, and Russell Contreras in Albuqerque, N. M., contributed to this report.

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