Moms of 11 children found at New Mexico compound arrested


The then-3-year-old child, whose name is not being shared by ABC News because he is a minor, reportedly suffered from severe medical issues including Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which caused the child to suffer from seizures and be unable to walk, the warrant states.

The toddler, who suffers from seizures, developmental delay, wears braces on his legs, can not walk, and requires daily medication, went to the park in Clayton County with his father in December and never returned.

But the missing boy from Georgia, Abdul Ghani Wahhaj, was nowhere to be found. Authorities said there was reason to believe he was at the compound a "few weeks ago". The group told police they were headed to New Mexico to go camping, and continued on their way. Both father and son were last seen in December, when Wahhaj told his wife, Hakima Ramzi, that he was taking the boy to the park. "He's sick, he needs his medications", she said through tears in January. "I don't know if he's alive, or he is, well, I don't know his condition now. So please, please, I need your help to find my husband and my son".

The station said the vehicle was registered to Morten and that according to policed five additional children and two adults were traveling with Wahhaj and his son. Tarps flapped across covered spaces behind the wall of tires stacked in a half circle around the property's perimeter, which contains a partially buried travel trailer, an earthen berm and other smaller structures.

The children ranging in age from one to 15 were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia near the Colorado border.

Debris outside the location where people camped near Amalia, N.M.

The FBI placed the compound under surveillance. There was no plumbing or electricity on-site. Outside were pieces of wood, garbage and children's clothing that hung across a broken sheet of cardboard.

He said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducted surveillance of the area a few weeks ago but did not find probable cause to search the property. The federal agency could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

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A spokesman for the Taos County sheriff's department said the department suspected the boy was at the compound, but didn't have enough evidence to go onto the property.

After hearing the message, Hogrefe decided the Sheriff's Office couldn't wait on the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other law enforcement agency; he wanted to move on the compound as soon as possible.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj after his arrest. Authorities said it appears the children had not eaten in days.

No one was injured in the all-day operation, according to the sheriff's office.

Ibn Wahhaj and Morten at first refused to cooperate. The Sheriff's Office said Abdul Ghani was due turn 4 on August 6.

After seeing the message apparently sent from someone at the compound asking for food and water, Hogrefe said he felt he needed to act.

But an Alabama police report on the crash does not list a child with Abdul's birthday as being in the auto.

On Friday morning, eight members of the sheriff's response team, along with state law enforcement officials, raided the compound.