(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.
Investigators confirmed they found the remains of a child at the New Mexico compound where 11 emaciated children were discovered living in an underground trailer.
Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were charged with child abuse related to the alleged neglect and abuse of children, who were found living in "filthy" conditions and with hardly any food, the Taos County Sheriff's Office said.
Not among them was 3-year-old AG Wahhaj, whose mother reported him missing from Georgia's Clayton County, officials said. The remains were found on Monday, Abdul's 4th birthday.
The 11 children are now in the custody of child protective services, said Secretary of New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department Monique Jacobson.
Morten is facing an additional charge of harboring a fugitive, and Siraj Wahhaj is also being held on a child abduction warrant out of Georgia. His mother said he can't walk and requires constant attention.
The boy's father was among five people arrested after the raid near the border with Colorado.
A New Mexico man who lived near a makeshift compound that authorities raided in search of a missing Georgia boy believed the group had moved to the area to live off the grid, just as he had done. The group told an Alabama officer, according to the report, they were headed to New Mexico on a camping trip and were later picked up in a truck registered to Morton.
He said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had surveilled the area a few weeks ago but did not find probable cause to search the property.More news: Trump claims Americans need ID to go shopping
The children were removed from the compound and turned over to state child-welfare workers.
So far, all five adults have been charged with 11 counts of child abuse, according to the sheriff. Officials announced they found the body of a young boy at the compound on Monday, but have not determined his identity.
The FBI had placed the compound under surveillance two months ago, Hogrefe said, but didn't have enough evidence to conduct a raid.
Badger said the children "clearly were not taken care of", and believes the sheriff should have - and could have - acted sooner. In a search warrant, the Sheriff's Office said they believed Siraj Wahhaj was denying his son the medication he needed.
The FBI and authorities in Georgia indicated to the sheriff's office that there could be weapons on the compound, and deputies learned that there had been a shooting range installed there, Hogrefe said.
The search for Abdul-ghani led authorities Friday to the compound shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and an earthen wall studded with broken glass.
The children "looked like third-world country refugees", Hogrefe said.
Police went in after the sheriff in Taos, New Mexico, was forwarded a note from someone on the property given to Georgia police, which read: we are starving and need food and water. According to social media posts by the boy's mother, his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, disappeared with the child after saying he was taking him to the park.
Other than a few potatoes and a box of rice, there was little food in the compound, which Hogrefe said consisted of a small travel trailer buried in the ground and covered by plastic with no water, plumbing and electricity.