A disturbing possibility was brought to light in court documents filed Wednesday regarding 11 children being held by 5 adults in a compound in New Mexico.
The story begins at least 7 months ago when Siraj Wahhaj posted about his missing family members on Facebook.
Most of his missing family members were recently located in Amalia, New Mexico as a result of an FBI investigation into the disappearance of a young boy, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.
Authorities found all of the adults mentioned by Imam Wahhaj, including Siraj Ibn Wahhaj (Ibn Wahhaj), Abdul-Ghani's father.
Along with the 5 adults, 11 children and the body of one boy were found. Abdul-Ghani was not found amongst the living children.
They were inhabiting a squalid trailer that was buried underground and covered in plastic and tires. All of the adults and children were close to starvation, with only some potatoes and a box of rice in the trailer. They were all filthy, had no shoes, and were wearing rags.
All of the children are presumed to be the children of the women in the compound. All 5 adults were arrested and are being held without bond for 11 counts of child abuse each.
The children are now in protective custody. On Wednesday, a court document revealed that one of the children's foster parents said that Ibn Wahhaj "had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for school shootings".
Before his arrest, Ibn Wahhaj had a brief standoff with authorities and was said to be armed with a pistol and an AR-15 magazine. A shooting range and escape tunnel were also found near the complex.
Twitter does not know what to make of the news.
@CBSNews @OmarVillafranca The world is unfortunately filled with evil people...100x worse when it involves children… https://t.co/Ed7FlAOZnf— Lori Silvano (@Lori Silvano)1533793998.0
@CBSNews @OmarVillafranca Holy Moly.— Zina Lynch (@Zina Lynch)1533770420.0
Ya this is going to keep getting bigger I think. A New Mexico Compound was raided where men were training kids on… https://t.co/k1AOJIew6s— Oregon I.T. not IT ⚾ (@Oregon I.T. not IT ⚾)1533754477.0
@nytimes That's horrifying— LIL CAM CAM (@LIL CAM CAM)1533702285.0
@cnnbrk Oh no! This is awful! Of course the whole story is awful except for the children being in caring hands wh… https://t.co/kc48TABR33— Lynne Colcombe (@Lynne Colcombe)1533675796.0
@cnnbrk My Heart breaks— John Lee (@John Lee )1533684441.0
@cnnbrk this is so sad the whole scene and thus far the abuse and neglect of all of these children ~may they find h… https://t.co/rclr6g4bGH— Peg Gancio (@Peg Gancio)1533687089.0
@cnnbrk That is sick. We don't know ppl really good but some ppl Are real evil.— Randall (@Randall)1533726652.0
@KTLA Heartbreaking for our country and for these poor children. Sad that in a country “so great” many of our child… https://t.co/OD6x7CN5xg— A (@A)1533765486.0
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