On Sunday, Big League Politics reported 11 children were rescued from what New Mexico police described as a compound “surrounded by tires and an earthen berm.” Upon further inspection of the compound, police have now located the remains of a young boy. It is unclear if the remains belong to the 3-year-old missing boy from Georgia that prompted the investigation.
A search warrant had been secured to look for 3-year-old AG Wahhaj who had been reported as being kidnapped in Georgia. It is still unclear if the 3-year-old is related to Siraj Wahhaj, who was found at the compound along with another adult male, Lucas Morten. Although police did not locate the boy at the compound, they did discover 11 children ranging in age from a year old to 15 years old in deplorable conditions.
Siraj Wahhaj, age 39
When investigators swarmed the rural compound on Friday in Amalia, New Mexico, they found the children had very little food, no water and were clothed in nothing but rags. The children have been turned over to New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.
“The only food we saw were a few potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy trailer,” said Sheriff Hogrefe. “But what was most surprising, and heartbreaking, was when the team located a total of five adults and 11 children that looked like third-world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.”
It had been reported on Sunday that three women who are believed to be the children’s mothers had been detained, but were not charged and later released. At the time, the police were still investigating the women and their connection to the case. The three women have now been arrested, without incident in Taos. Hujrah Wahhaj, age 38, Subhannah Wahhaj, age 35, and Jany Leveille, age 35, are now inmates in the Taos Adult Detention Center.
None of the adults would give a statement to the current whereabouts of AG Wahhaj, but police say they believe he had been at the compound recently.
The investigation into the case remains active.
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