4-year-old still missing after raid at extremist compound

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Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj
Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj

Missing Child Georgia Abdul-Ghani Wahhai

August 8 – A boy’s body has been found at the compound.  There has been no positive identification at this writing. Criticism of the actions of the authorities can be found on social media, after learning the police suspected the boy and his father were at the compound since May.   The sheriff said there was not enough evidence for a search warrant, and surveillance of the property didn’t identify the pair there.

“I had no probable cause to go onto this property. … In hindsight I wish there was, but we would not have been there lawfully,” Hogrefe said.
This is confusing to me as you would think that eventually the boy or the father would have appeared at some point at the compound, especially since the neighbors stated they did see them there back in January.  The neighbors did not know the boy who was there was actually missing Abdul until April.
The authorities now know that Abdul is there, but tell the media they had no evidence and did not see them there although a neighbor told them they were there.  If the authorities had moved quicker, I believe Abdul would be alive today.  Also, lets not forget the other children that were there.  Why was that not probably cause to go in there when it was obvious they were living under dangerous conditions?  If the authorities felt that they had not enough evidence to go in then at least CPS could have.

Original Story

4-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj has been missing from Georgia and last seen in Alabama on December 2017.  He was taken by his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj who told Abdul’s mother he was taking him to the park. He never returned.

A tip came in that Abdul’s father, Siraj may be at a compound in Amalia, New Mexico.   Sheriff Hogrefe issued a search warrant for the compound after several months of working with the FBI ended in enough evidence to obtain the warrant. In the warrant it stated Siraj said he needed to perform an exorcism on Abdul and that people were starving and needed water.  Authorities hoped that Ahdul would be found at the compound.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj

 

Authorities raided the compound on Friday as part of their search for Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. ”When the authorities entered they found Lucas Morten and Siraj Wahhaj armed, but they surrendered with no conflict.  Siraj was armed with an “AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket,” Hogrefe told Fox news.  Hogrefe also told Fox news they found the “occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”

Five malnourished adults and 11 children were found.  Ammunition was found hidden at the compound underneath a small trailer buried in the ground and covered with plastic. There was also an unground tunnel found.

“The only food I saw were a few potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy trailer,” said Hogrefe. “But what was most surprising, and heartbreaking was when the team located a total of five adults and 11 children that looked like third-world country refugees with no food or fresh water, no shoes, and basically dirty rags for clothing.”

The women and the two men face charges of child abuse. The women were identified as Jany Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahha, 35.  The children ranged in ages of 1 to 15 were taken to child protection services.

The location of Abdul remains unknown as no one found at the complex will say where he is although the authorities believe he was there several weeks ago.  At that time they could not act as they did not have enough a warrant to enter the property.

Abdul suffers from seizures, developmental and cognitive delays and is unable to walk due to suffering a Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) at birth.

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