In early August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided a compound in Taos County, New Mexico and rescued 11 children – and as the story unfolded, authorities discovered things they never expected.
It all started in December of 2017, when Hakima Ramzi of Jonesboro, Georgia, reported her 3-year-old and estranged husband missing. She told police that her husband, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, took their son Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj to the park but never brought him home.
Abdul-Ghani suffered from encephalopathy and had frequent seizures, and his mother said he needed emergency medication that his father did not have. Police alerts went out across the country, and the trail led to Taos, where authorities received a letter that they believed was written from someone inside the compound buried beneath desert scrubs. It read, “We are starving and need food and water.”
The police finally obtained a search warrant and discovered a total of 11 children and five adults inside. Taos Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the children “looked like third-world-country refugees, not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.”
None of the 11 children were listed as abducted, and Abdul-Ghani – the missing toddler – was not there.
Weeks after the search of the compound began, and long after investigators discovered that it was actually a terrorist training camp where the adults were teaching the children to kill police and the military, as well as perform school shootings, they found Abdul-Ghani’s body in a 100-foot-long tunnel beneath the compound.
One of the women in the compound, 35-year-old Jany Leveille, claimed that she was “supposed to be” Abdul-Ghani’s mother and that his real mother, Ramzi, had used “black magic” to steal him from her womb. She also believed that Abdul-Ghani, who had died during a religious ritual being performed on him to rid him of “demonic spirits,” would be reincarnated as Jesus to tell the group who to target for killing.
A judge released the adults on bond ($20,000 each), despite the toddler’s death, after their attorneys said the prosecution failed to prove that they would put anyone at risk.
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