Father of boy found dead in New Mexico compound pleads not guilty

Father of boy found dead in New Mexico compound pleads not guilty

Those three spent their first full day out of jail on Thursday trying to recover a white truck, wallets, keys, clothes and other possessions left at the settlement, according to a person familiar with the situation who asked not to be named.

Because the judges dismissed the child neglect charges without prejudice, the District Attorney's Office in Taos can refile the counts against all five defendants at a later date based on new information or a grand jury indictment.

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials have accused Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille of denying the boy proper medicine and health care as he died during rituals created to cast out harmful spirits from the boy.

Meanwhile, authorities have filed charges against the dead boy's father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner, Jany Leveille.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement officers made the arrests in the desert in northern New Mexico, where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old named Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj boy was discovered. "They provided none to us or the court". According to Laughlin, both were immediately charged a second time by the sheriff's office after the judge dismissed their charges, but the judge questioned the legitimacy of the new charges and set another hearing for Tuesday. On the trespassing charges, a magistrate judge set conditions of release that say Morton and Subhanah Wahhaj must remain in Taos County.

The pleas followed a decision by a judge to dismiss initial child neglect charges against them.

Two other defendants remain jailed on more serious charges of child abuse resulting in the death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at the compound earlier this month. Backus, who said she was bound by judicial ethics to order that the defendants be given a limited release, was the target of a sustained harassment campaign that prompted security officials to lock down the courthouse for an afternoon after she received death threats.

The ramshackle compound where the five adults were arrested and 11 children ages 1-15 were taken into state custody has been razed.

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Prosecutors, based on interviews with children from the compound, say the five Muslim adults were training some of them to make armed attacks on educational, governmental and law enforcement institutions after the boy whose body was found in a tunnel at the compound was resurrected as Jesus and would identify which "corrupt" institutions to attack.

The new charges of child abuse resulting in death against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille are tied to an extensive account of Abdul-ghani's death in a journal that prosecutors attribute to Leveille. On Aug. 6, a child's remains were found on the property.

Chavez said it was a very hard decision to drop the charges but the rule left him no choice.

The judge said prosecutors missed a deadline concerning the case.

He also excoriated the district attorney's office.

Stein said New Mexico's laws could be another factor.

"We're talking about a month that someone was in custody, it's an absolute deprivation of liberty and that is very precious", said Aleks Kostich, who is representing Morton.

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