SGT Hunter – Gruntworks Staff Writer
On August 3, 2018, new reports of a New Mexico compound were released alleging Muslim extremist training children to conduct school shooting. Authorities reported that they had raided a rural compound during an unsuccessful search for a missing 3-year-old boy in Amalia, N.M. The rural compound was buried under scrubland and covered in plastic.
Authorities did not find the 3-year-old child that they were looking for, but the did find 11 children that had been abducted and they were also able to arrest one of the alleged abductors. The Taos County Sheriff’s Office described the scene as “the saddest living conditions and poverty they had ever seen.”
The investigation that followed the raid indicated that the children were being held by alleged Muslim extremists. The children were being forced and trained to conduct school shootings. Four other suspects were later arrested and charged. All the suspects were charged with Child Abuse and they were also charged in connection to the death of the 3 year old boy that authorities had been looking for.
On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, District Judge Emilio Chaves dismissed the charges against three of the five defendants. The judge ruled that authorities had violated the state’s “10-day rule” of three of the defendants (Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj). This means that the Child Abuse case against them had been dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause.
The two other suspects in the case had a separate hearing on the same day. During the hearing Judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges against, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille. But the charges that were leveled against them on Friday, in connection to the death of a missing 3-year-old boy, remained.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe stated that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the boy’s father, and Leveille were charged with abuse of a child resulting in the death of a child and conspiracy to commit abuse of a child. On August 6, authorities reported that the remains of the 3 year old boy were found near the compound.
According to Fox News, prosecutors stated (during the hearing) that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was allegedly training children to commit school shootings. They further stated that the children were taught how to use firearms, as well as tactical techniques, to kill teachers, law enforcement and other institutions they found corrupt.
Health officials confirmed earlier this month that the discovered remains were positively identified as the 3-year-old’s.
Judge Chavez released a statement after his decision to drop the charges. In the statement he said that it was a very difficult decision to drop the charges but the rule left him with no option. Prosecutors could still seek charges for the three by asking a grand jury to indict them but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed.