A man who was wanted for kidnapping his 4-year-old son from Georgia last year has been discovered at a run-down New Mexico compound along with 11 children and the remains of one identified child.
KSFY News out of New Mexico reports that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj abducted his son last December, telling the child’s mother that he was “possessed” (the boy suffered from seizures) and saying he intended to withhold the child’s medications. Authorities have been searching for him and the child since and last week discovered him living on a “filthy” compound with four other adults and 11 children in dire circumstances. There has been no word if the remains found on the compound are that of Wahhaj’s son.
The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday.
The documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border where 11 hungry children were found in filthy conditions.
Prosecutors Timothy Hasson filed the documents while asking that Wahhaj be held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults facing child abuse charges.
Prosecutors did not bring up the school shooting accusation in court on Wednesday during an initial appearance by the abuse suspects.
Authorities say the remains of a boy also were found on the compound but have not been positively identified by medical examiners.
The child, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.
Authorities say his father had told the boy’s mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child. He later said he was taking the child to a park and didn’t return.
In another stunning twist, Wahhaj also happens to be the son of a very prominent Brooklyn imam. Siraj Wahhaj was once thought to be a co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and is well known for his pro-Sharia law stance and his denials of Islamic terrorism.
Wahhaj has been pleading for the return of his grandchildren on social media but so far there is no statement on the allegations about his son’s activities.