New Mexico family saw dead boy as guide for future attacks -prosecutors

Personal articles are shown at the compound in rural New Mexico where 11 children were taken in protective custody after a raid by authoriti

"They were awaiting for Abdul-Ghani to be resurrected to let them know which government institutions to get rid of", Taos County Prosecutor John Lovelace said in arguing that bail should be denied for all five defendants.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Lucas Morton, 40, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 - on $20,000 bond each on Monday evening and ordered them to wear ankle monitors until trial, the Taos County Sheriff's Office announced.

FBI Special Agent Travis Taylor testified Monday that he questioned two boys, aged 13 and 15, who had been at the group's compound when law enforcement raided it. Taylor said the boys told him that adults there were training them with firearms and that the group ultimately meant to attack law enforcement or education or financial institutions. The defendants are innocent until they are proved to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

At least some of the children, ranging from 1 to 15 years of age, were given weapons training to defend the compound against a possible Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, the court was told.

The search for Abdul-Ghani led authorities to the compound.

An attorney for Siraj Wahhaj said he has seen no evidence to support an allegation that his client's children were being trained on a New Mexico compound to carry out school shootings. They each face 11 counts of child abuse while Siraj Ibn Wahhaj faces an additional count alleging custodial interference. Police later found a body which is now being identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.

"These people are not Christian, they are black and they are Muslim", Clark said.

Public backlash following Judge Sarah Backus' decision was swift, marked by an eruption of angry comments that inundated social media pages and websites where the news of the ruling was released.

"If these were white Christians, faith healing is of no effect because we have freedom of religion in this country".

The 11 children, ranging from one to 15 years old and described by authorities as starving and ragged when they were found, were placed in protective custody after the August 3 raid. They came at the instruction of Leveille, whom the family believed to be receiving messages from God through the angel Gabriel, Taylor testified.

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The children were clothed in rags and starving when they were found, authorities said.

According to statements given to police, Abdul died during a ritual at the compound in February.

As his body deteriorated, he was moved to a tunnel beneath the compound, where two of the adults would wash his body every other day, according to Taylor.

Last week, authorities found the remains of a young boy at the compound on what would have been Abdul-Ghani's fourth birthday.

The father of a boy kidnapped in Georgia would not be released because an arrest warrant has been issued for him in that state.

Hogrefe said that a makeshift shooting range discovered at the compound was designed for short-range handgun tactics, like shooting from cover.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe has come under fire for not entering the compound earlier.

The Muslim cleric and father of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj did not confirm that his son belonged to a terrorist group, but did say his son had some extreme behavioral tendencies, in an interview via CNN.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and wife Jany Leveille, also arrested at the compound, were the biological parents of 9 of the 11 children that police found. Wahhaj's two sisters and brother-in-law comprise the other arrested adults.

Family members say the remains of a boy found at the compound last week are those of Wahhaj's disabled son, though state medical examiners have not yet identified the body conclusively.

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