Sheriff: Remains of a boy found at Taos-area compound

Sheriff: Remains of a boy found at Taos-area compound

(Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) The children were found in a rural compound in New Mexico (Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) From left, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP) Lucas Morton, left, and Siraj Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP) The rural compound was searched by police (Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) Jany Leveille is believed to be one of the mothers of 11 children found living in a filthy compound in New Mexico.

The remains of the boy have not been identified since being found Monday on the "inner portion" of the property, said Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities arrested Abdul-Ghani's father, Siraj Wahhaj, on Friday in a raid on the makeshift compound in Amalia, near the New Mexico-Colorado border.

Georgia officials want him extradited to face a charge of abducting his son, Abdul-ghani, from the state in December when the boy was 3 years old.

One 8-year-old child said that all the adults in the compound had seen Abdul-Ghani deceased and that "Uncle Lucas" - an apparent reference to Morton - washed the body twice and buried it in either a tunnel deputies found around the compound or in the "toilet room".

".it had to be a search warrant and a tactical approach for our own safety because we had learned the occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief", he said. Wahhaj is the father of a missing three-year-old Georgia boy.

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She said her son can not walk and suffers seizures, and requires constant medical attention.

Hogrefe said the site had been under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for some time as part of its search for the missing boy. He said the images were shared with the mother of Abdul-ghani but she did not spot her son, and that photographs also never indicated the boy's father was at the compound. They gained a warrant and went back to the property and found the remains Monday.

The 11 surviving youngsters found there, described by Hogrefe as looking like "Third World country refugees", were taken into protective custody by state child welfare authorities. So far, all five adults have been charged with 11 counts of child abuse.

The body of a four-year-old boy has been found in a dilapidated camp in the U.S. state of New Mexico where 11 children were rescued in appalling conditions, police said.

Pictured are (left to right) Lucas Morton, Siraj Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj BELOW: The Taos County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation use shovels to search a compound north of Amalia and near the Colorado border Monday.

The 11 children have been taken into care by local social services.

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What authorities found Friday was what Hogrefe called "the saddest living conditions and poverty" he has seen in 30 years on the job. The station said the vehicle was registered to Morten and that according to policed five additional children and two adults were traveling with Wahhaj and his son.

Tyler Anderson, who lives near the compound, believes the group had moved to the area to live off the grid, just as he had done.

It's unclear whether Wahhaj did in fact do anything to his son, though authorities confirmed that they had reason to believe Abdul-Ghani had been at the compound in recent weeks.

Three women living at the compound were initially taken into custody but released.

The children wore dirty rags for clothing with no shoes, and were surrounded by weapons and rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

Authorities mounted a raid after receiving a message, possibly from within the compound, that said: "We are starving and need food and water".

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