A district judge in New Mexico on Monday ordered two men and three women held without bail pending trial for child abuse charges after sheriff’s deputies raided their remote desert compound earlier this month.
Deputies took 11 malnourished children into protective custody and found the body of a 12th child during the Aug. 3 raid here, just south of the Colorado border. Authorities said they also found multiple firearms and little food on the desolate patch of dirt the group had laid claim to, using a partly buried trailer ringed by old tires, wooden pallets and garbage.
One of the children later told a foster parent that he had been trained to carry out school shootings, officials said.
Defendants Lucas Allen Morton, 40; Jany Leveille, 35; Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40; Hujrah Wahhaj, 37; and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35; appeared at the hearing before District Court Judge Sarah Backus.