The Latest: Lawyer cites ‘thin’ complaints in the compound case

AMALIA, N. M. – The youngest of 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local):

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A lawyer says criminal complaints accuse the five adults of child abuse on a remote New Mexico compound are sparse in detail, leading to uncertainty about how much research work done.

Aleks Kostich of the taos County Public Defender’s Office said Tuesday that his agency is gathering information and mapping of the lawyers of the defendants.

He had no further comment, with an indication of the beginning phase of the case.

The taos County sheriff says the body of a child found in the compound where researchers suspect that a father took his son after a kidnapping in Georgia.

The remains have not been positively identified.

The authorities say they found five adults and 11 hungry children in the filth on the compound.


2:50 pm

A New Mexico sheriff says that the researchers have found the remains of a boy at the house where authorities raided a makeshift compound last week looking for a missing Georgia child.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said Tuesday that the remains were found after a search in the Amalia. Authorities are awaiting a positive identification of the remains discovered Monday.

The authorities say that the search for Abdul-ghani, Georgia, led Friday to the squalid compound where they found his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, four other adults and 11 children living in filthy conditions.

The adults are facing child abuse charges.

Then father is suspected of leaving Georgia in December with his 3-year-old son.


12:50 pm

A New Mexico man who lived in the vicinity of a number of compounding that the authorities in a raid in the search of a missing Georgia boy believed the group had moved to the area to live off the grid, just as he had done.

Tyler Anderson of Amalia said Tuesday that he had helped the new comers to install solar panels after arrival in December. But he stopped visiting the substance, which authorities have since described as dirt.

Anderson says the 11 children in the compound on the first played on neighboring property, but stopped in the last few months.

He also says that he never met the three women who are on the site, and do not remember seeing the boy who is still missing.

The authorities raided the compound on Friday. Five adults who live on the face of child abuse charges.


12:10 pm

A New Mexico man says that he and his wife pressed authorities for the removal of a group of people from a makeshift compound in his country, where officials reported 11 hungry children in the filth.

Jason Badger said Tuesday that he was concerned about the composition near the Colorado border. But he says that the courts and other agencies shot down his attempts to break into the camp, described as a trailer buried in the ground.

Court records show a judge dismissed an eviction notice filed by the Das against Luke Morton in June. The records have no further details about the decision of the judge.

Morton was one of five adults arrested after the Taos County sheriff raided the compound in search of a missing Georgia boy was not found.

The five adults, including the father of the boy, have been charged with child abuse.


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The father of a missing Georgia boy is expected to make his first appearance Tuesday, which could shed light on a bizarre story of guns, exorcism and child abuse at a New Mexico compound.

Court records show that the Siraj Ibn Wahhaj is scheduled to appear in Taos Magistrate Court. Georgia officials want him extradited to face a charge of abducting his son, Abdul-ghani, of the state in December, when the boy was 3 years old.

The warrant says that Wahhaj told the mother of the boy who he wanted to perform an exorcism on his son.

The police says the search for the missing boy led Friday to a filthy compound where they found Wahhaj, four other adults and 11 children living in filthy conditions.

The missing boy was not among them.

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