Authorities following a court order seized an RV at the New Mexico compound that has since been destroyed where five adults are believed to have been abusing 11 children and training them to become school shooters.
Details may have been lost in the destroying of the property with walls knocked down, piles of trash surrounding the compound and the tunnel where an exorcism was performed on a 3-year-old child.
The tunnel where the body of 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj was found on the compound, but has since been destroyed. Big League Politics reported last week that in December, the child’s mother told Clayton police Siraj Ibn Wahhaj took the boy and headed west. A warrant that was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Consistution said they left when the father mentioned his intentions of performing an “exorcism” on his son because 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani was “possessed by the Devil.” The boy battled neurological problems from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is defined as ” a type of brain damage that occurs when an infant’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood. It is a dangerous condition that requires immediate medical intervention.”
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the last time the 4-year-old boy was seen was was when the child and his father were involved in a single-vehicle car accident in Chilton County Alabama on December 13th. Police say there were five other children and two adults also in the vehicle. Wahhaj told officers they were headed to New Mexico for a camping trip.
The judge who heard the case and allowed five adults to remain free on bail has sparked outrage from the public. On Monday, District Judge Sarah Backus said that prosecutors did not provide sufficient evidence to prove the suspects were a threat to the community. The suspects were to be released pending trial under several conditions including each suspect posting $20,000 bond, they must avoid alcohol consumption, are not to possess a weapon, all must wear a GPS tracking device, stay in the county, and must all maintain weekly contact with their attorneys.
In a fact sheet about the new bail rules in New Mexico where pretrial detentions are determined by evidence of risk, not the ability to pay, it reads in part, “The New Mexico Constitution now allows district judges to deny pretrial release to dangerous defendants, requiring that pretrial release and detention decisions be based on evidence of individual risk of danger or flight, not on how much an arrestee can pay to get out of jail.” Prosecutors who seek pretrial detention of a defendant must request it during district court and must provide “clear and convincing evidence” that no release conditions are considered safe to the public.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who appointed Backus to the bench, described her decision as a result of” liberal pretrial release rules put in place by the New Mexico Supreme Court.” On Martinez’ official Facebook page she stated, “It’s time to put a stop to the revolving door in our justice system and keep dangerous criminals in jail where they belong.”
Spokesman for the New Mexico Courts, Barry Massey, said the judge received over 200 phone calls and emails criticizing her decision on Tuesday, some containing death threats. Some who expressed their disgust and disbelief on the ruling mentioned Backus as being “an Islamic terrorist sympathizer,” or “disgusting garbage human.” The courthouse was evacuated on Tuesday after the slew of comments and threats poured in.
The suspects in the case are Siraj Wahhaj, suspected of fleeing Georgia with his 3-year-old son Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, his sisters Hujrah and Subhannah Wahhaj, brother-in-law Lucas Morten, and Jany Leveille who was considered to be Wahhaj’s “Muslim wife.”
Jany Leveille, however, was found by immigration officials to be a longtime illegal immigrant from Haiti who overstayed her visitor visa, by more than two decades. Leveille was transferred to the custody of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). “ICE issued her a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge, and she remains in ICE custody pending resolution of her immigration proceedings,” said spokesperson Leticia Zamparripa. “Leveille has been unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than 20 years after overstaying the validity of her non-immigrant visitor visa.”
The 11 children, ranging in age from one-year-old to 15-years-old all belong to the three women found on the compound. Prosecutors alleged that all five suspects had given firearms training to the children at the compound “in furtherance of a conspiracy to commit school shootings.”
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