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Researchers on Thursday challenged the claim that the remains of a child found in a New Mexico compound earlier this week were finally determined to be that of a missing 3-year-old boy.
The grandfather of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, who was missing in Georgia in December, said earlier in the day that the remains that were found at the compound on Monday, his grandson.
The New Mexico office of the Medical Investigator on Thursday disputed by Abdul-ghani Wahhaj grandfather who remains to be found on a dirty New Mexico compound on Monday were that of the missing boy.
Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam who, according to the New York Post, was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, claimed were the remains of the missing boy.
He said that he learned from the other members of the family that the remains were Abdul-ghani, and that other children who lived in the compound said the child was buried after he died.
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“Whoever is responsible, then that person should be held accountable,” Wahhaj said.
However, the New Mexico office of the Medical Researchers told Fox News Thursday that these claims were in dispute, and that medical researchers are still trying to identify the remains.
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“It remains in a state of decomposition that the identification of challenging,” chief medical investigator Kurt Nolte said. “Researchers often try to compare remains radiological images, fingerprints, DNA, or other identification of the material.”
“At this time, the researchers use of all known methods for making an identification, but this will not always run without a hitch. If we have to rely on the DNA results, identification can take many weeks,” the agency said.
Wahhaj and the son of Abdul-ghani’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, along with four other adults were arrested at the makeshift compound found protected by old tires, wooden pallets and other debris on Friday after investigators raided.
Eleven children, ages 1 to 15, were found in the life on the compound in “filthy” conditions. The taos County Sheriff’s Office said that the children “looked like a third world country refugees not only with no food or water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and, in principle, filthy rags for clothes.”
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The sheriff’s office earlier said that the residents of the compound were “probably heavily armed and is considered an extremist Muslim faith.”
In a warrant made public on Monday, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, told the missing child’s mother that he wanted to perform an “exorcism” on Abdul-ghani because he was “possessed by the devil.” The missing boy reportedly suffers from seizures and couldn’t walk.
On Wednesday, the public prosecutor claimed in court documents that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was the training of children to commit shootings in schools. She asked Wahhaj to be held without bail.
Fox News’ Dan Gallo and William LaJeunesse contributed to this report.
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