A raid on a New Mexico desert compound turned up 11 children wearing rags and living in filth, and also broke open a freaky tale of guns, exorcism, and a search for a missing young boy who suffers from seizures and is nowhere to be found.
Jany Leveille, 35; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35; were arrested in the case, police said on August 5.
This Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, image shows a rural compound during an unsuccessful search for a missing 3-year-old boy in Amalia, New Mexico.
Medical examiners still must confirm whether the body found at the property in a second search Monday is that of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, who was three years old in December when police say his father took him from his mother in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Authorities swarmed the remote property in Amalia last week after securing a warrant to search for a missing 3-year-old boy who police believed was kidnapped by his father, 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj.
On Monday, authorities found a body at the site believed to be the remains of the missing boy, whose abduction from his Georgia home has been reported by his mother in December.
On Tuesday, Hogrefe and 8th Judicial District Attorney Donald Gallegos said the charges against the defendants may be amended as the investigation moves forward. His mother said he can't walk and requires constant attention.
The latest affidavit also provides more detail on what officers found when they raided the compound on Friday.
Investigators believe the child was at the compound just a few weeks ago.
Alabama police said they were told the group were going camping in New Mexico, the station said.
"I had no probable cause to go onto this property prior to the day I wrote the first warrant".
The children were turned over to state child welfare workers.
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The adults are facing child abuse charges.
"That was back in end of January or February", he said, and added that while he also saw the 11 other children, he never saw the three women whom law enforcement said also lived at the makeshift dwelling.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the positive identification of the remains is pending an autopsy. The children were taken away for medical tests.
"We all gave the kids our water and what snacks we had ― it was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen".
This photo provided by the Taos County Sheriff's Department shows Lucas Morton, left, and Siraj Wahhaj. Two other adults - Lucas Morten and Jany Leveille - also are accused of keeping 11 children in an underground trailer with virtually no food or water.
Both the adults and the children looked like "refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing".
The search at the compound came amid a two-month investigation in collaboration with Clayton County authorities and the FBI, according to Hogrefe.
Wahhaj's father - Siraj Wahhaj - is a prominent and controversial NY imam.
Police in Georgia say his mother contacted them after her husband, Siraj Wahhaj, told her he was taking the boy to the park.
Hogrefe said the search did not turn up the missing boy, identified by the sheriff as AG Wahhaj, but that investigators had reason to believe the boy had been at the compound fairly recently.
The Associated Press reports that Badger and his wife had pressed authorities to remove the group of people in the makeshift compound, which he says is on his land.
Badger said Tuesday that he had concerns about the compound, but that the courts and other authorities shot down his attempts to break up the encampment - described as a trailer buried in the ground.