The remains of the missing child, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj are identified, health officials said Thursday.
(Clayton County Police Department)
A child’s remains earlier this month in an “extremist Muslim” New Mexico compound were positively identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, the missing 3-year-old son of one of the arrested suspects, health officials said Thursday.
The confirmation was from the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI), a spokesman of The University of New Mexico’s Health Science Center said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to Wahhaj the family. We understand the heartbreak that this news will cause, and want to emphasize our commitment to research to the death to serve the living,” the agency wrote in a statement.
The cause or manner of death remained unclear, according to the bureau, which added that “the researchers had to use various resources” to the identification of the boy continues as a result of their disorder.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj remained in custody due to a sentence of imprisonment in Georgia on accusations that he kidnapped his son and fled to New Mexico.
(Taos County Sheriff’s Office)
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The boy went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia. His mother reportedly told authorities that her son was missing after his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, took the boy to a park in Clayton County and not for several days.
Authorities discovered the body of the child on Aug. 6 days after a raid on the compound, located near the Colorado state border. Taos County Sheriff’s deputies found 11 children, who were taken into the custody of state child-welfare workers.
Five people, including the father of the boy, were arrested and awaiting trial on abuse charges.
During a hearing on Monday, prosecutors said that the children were trained in the use of firearms and learned tactical skills to kill the teachers, police and justice and other settings that they are considered to be damaged.
It was also announced Monday that the 3-year-old allegedly died in the middle of a ritual religious ceremony meant to “cast out demonic spirits.”
“It was a religious ritual… a ritual, meant to cast out demonic spirits from Abdul-ghani Wahhaj,” Taos County Prosecutor John Lovelace said.
The public defenders argued the father to try to heal the child by the reading of passages from the Koran, but prosecutors claimed that he was denying the boy medication. One of the children taken into custody claimed that the boy had died in February.
The children said that they told the boy would be resurrected, just like Jesus, and to guide them on that “corrupt settings” to attack, NBC reported citing the researchers.
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‘EXTREMIST MUSLIM’ COMPOUND SUSPECTS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE EXPECTED RELEASE
Three of the five suspects — Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj — in anticipation of the release after a judge earlier their bail of $20,000, despite the pushback from prosecutors.
Not included in the expected release was Jany Leveille and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.
Leveille was transferred to the custody of the US. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Tuesday, authorities said. And Wahhaj was set to remain in custody due to a sentence of imprisonment in Georgia’s accusation that he abducted the child and fled to New Mexico.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.