Tip leads to discovery of 11 starving kids in New Mexico trailer

Eleven children were held with little food or water in a makeshift compound in Amalia N.M. for an unknown period of time before police raided the location on Friday Aug. 3 2018

Authorities announced Tuesday that a child's body was found at the site. Wahhaj's relatives, including his -father, an imam at a mosque in Brooklyn, New York, launched a social media campaign to try to find the missing boy.

Image: The conditions in the compound were described as "sad".

Before the rescue, there was reportedly a standoff between police officers and one of the arrested men, who was armed.

The 11 children were so famished, the sheriff said, they "looked like third-world country refugees".

"The children are in our custody and our number one priority right now is their health and safety", New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson said in a statement, according to AP.

Morton was among the five adults arrested after the Taos County sheriff raided the compound.

Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj is the toddler who vanished from Clayton County, Georgia, last November.

The sheriff declined to answer questions about what was going on at the compound, but he said a shooting range had been built at the property.

"Today we will be filing the petition with the court to maintain custody of those children", said Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary for the department.

The 11 other children besides Abdul-Ghani were found in a "filthy makeshift compound" in Amalia, which was covered with "odorous trash" and didn't seem to contain clean water.

The starving children were handed over to state child-welfare workers.

Abdul-Ghani is reported to be between 36 and 40 inches tall, weighing 20 to 25 pounds. The third woman, Jany, has children with Siraj. The sheriff said no positive identification has been made.

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Wahhaj and his son were last seen together in a single-vehicle crash on December 13 in Alabama.

The investigation started a year ago on the opposite side of the U.S.in Jonesboro, Georgia, where Siraj Wahhaj was accused of kidnapping his toddler.

Days later, Wahhaj was involved in an accident in Chilton County Alabama, north of Montgomery, according a police traffic report.

Morten was charged with harboring a fugitive and Wahhaj was booked without bond on his Georgia warrant for child abduction.

Hakima Ramzi said she knew her husband wanted to rid their 3-year-old son of his medical problems. "We have been working together since my grandson, Abdul-Ghani was taken". We pray to Allah that Allah protect him. But he also is known for community service work.

In a press release, Hogrefe said he had heard that the adults in the compound were "extremist of the Muslim belief". As I said, we worked collectively with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia authorities.

The investigation is ongoing.

In an arrest warrant from Georgia the mother alleged that the father had wanted to perform an exorcism on the boy, but Hogrefe said investigators had no evidence this had occurred.

Law enforcement officers have discovered the remains of a young boy at a compound in Amalia, New Mexico, that was raided over the weekend, the county sheriff's office confirmed Tuesday.

FBI investigators had reason to believe that Wahhaj was occupying the compound with Morten and others, but they didn't feel there was enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant.

Another man, Jason Badger, said he and his wife had pressed authorities to remove the group of people from the compound at the Colorado border. The court case over a purchase agreement between the Badgers and Morton was dismissed. Both were eventually taken into custody without incident.

Police recovered one AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, five 30-round magazines and four handguns. They and the three women all face 11 counts of child abuse.

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