Child, 13, says he was ‘being trained as a jihadist child soldier’ at New Mexico Muslim compound3 min read

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A 13-year-old boy who was found living in squalor on a New Mexico compound said he was being groomed into a jihadist child soldier by his mother’s boyfriend.

The boy told FBI agents he was being trained by Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, to commit ‘jihad’ against non-believers. 

The teen was among 11 children and five adults living at the compound in Taos County when it was raided on August 3.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, is accused of training children to commit jihad against non-believers

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, is accused of training children to commit jihad against non-believers

A 13-year-old boy made the claims against Wahhaj

A 13-year-old boy made the claims against Wahhaj

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, is accused of training children to commit jihad against non-believers

Wahhaj was among five adults and 11 children living at the compound in Taos County when it was raided on August 3

Wahhaj was among five adults and 11 children living at the compound in Taos County when it was raided on August 3

Wahhaj was among five adults and 11 children living at the compound in Taos County when it was raided on August 3

Cops found a huge arsenal of weapons, including an AR-15, when they raided the rural property and found the youngsters had been starved and abused. The children were living without food or clean water 

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Wahhaj was the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a three-year-old boy whose body was found buried at the site later. 

The teen said his mother was dating Wahhaj, and that the man trained him and another teenager on the compound ‘in firearms and military techniques, including rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat’, according to court documents. 

Amalia is 145 miles northeast of Albuquerque and in an isolated high-desert area near the New Mexico-Colorado border

Amalia is 145 miles northeast of Albuquerque and in an isolated high-desert area near the New Mexico-Colorado border

Amalia is 145 miles northeast of Albuquerque and in an isolated high-desert area near the New Mexico-Colorado border

Jany Leveille, who also goes by the name Maryam, was also arrested for child abuse following the raid and remains in jail 

Jany Leveille, who also goes by the name Maryam, was also arrested for child abuse following the raid and remains in jail 

Jany Leveille, who also goes by the name Maryam, was also arrested for child abuse following the raid and remains in jail 

Subhanah Wahhaj, 35

Subhanah Wahhaj, 35

Hujrah Wahhaj

Hujrah Wahhaj

Sisters Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, (left) and Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, (right) were arrested last month but were released after prosecutors failed to prepare for an evidentiary hearing within a 10-day period

The teen’s mother believed that God had sent her messages, according to the teen, who also said he watched her and Wahhaj perform ‘exorcism’ rituals over the three-year-old boy. 

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In one of the rituals, the boy reportedly choked and his heart stopped. 

Three of the suspects were released from jail in Taos, New Mexico, after a judge dismissed charges of child abuse when prosecutors failed to prepare for an evidentiary hearing within a 10-day period.

Lucas Morton, his wife Subhannah Wahhaj, and her sister Hujrah Wahhaj, left the jail in Toas with Subhannah’s defense lawyer Megan Mitsunaga.

While they won’t face punishment for the death of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj as a result of child neglect, the deceased’s father Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner, Jany Leveille, remain behind bars for the charges.

The conditions inside the compound were described by police as the worst they had seen in 30 years

The conditions inside the compound were described by police as the worst they had seen in 30 years

The conditions inside the compound were described by police as the worst they had seen in 30 years

There was no food at the compound and the children had terrible personal hygiene, police said 

There was no food at the compound and the children had terrible personal hygiene, police said 

There was no food at the compound and the children had terrible personal hygiene, police said 

The adults at the compound, including the boy’s mother, Jany Leveille, 35, told everyone not to talk about Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj ever being at the compound because they would ‘all go to jail’. 

A judge on Wednesday dropped child neglect charges against three of the adults because of a missed deadline on behalf of local prosecutors.

The FBI then on Friday arrested all five of the adults on firearms and conspiracy charges.

The Taos County District Attorney said his office would seek grand jury indictments involving the three-year-old boy’s death.

The five defendants are scheduled to appear in court in Albuquerque on Tuesday.