(Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) The children were found in a rural compound in New Mexico (Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) From left, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP) Lucas Morton, left, and Siraj Wahhaj (Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP) The rural compound was searched by police (Taos County Sheriff's Office via AP) Jany Leveille is believed to be one of the mothers of 11 children found living in a filthy compound in New Mexico.
Sheriff's investigators who having been looking for a missing Georgia boy at a compound in Taos County, New Mexico, returned to the site believing they had a good idea of where to search, the sheriff said.
Authorities say the search for Abdul-ghani, of Georgia, led them on Friday to the squalid compound where they found his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, four other adults and 11 children living in filthy "Third World" conditions.
Authorities swarmed the remote property in Amalia last week after securing a warrant to search for a missing 3-year-old boy who police believed was kidnapped by his father, 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj.
"We discovered the remains yesterday on Abdul's fourth birthday", Mr Hogrefe said, appearing to fight back tears.
The 11 children are now in the custody of child protective services, said Secretary of New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department Monique Jacobson.
Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe did not confirm the identity of the body citing a pending autopsy. Wahhaj told the trooper that he owned the guns legally and had a Georgia permit to carry concealed weapons.
She said her son can not walk and suffers seizures, and requires constant medical attention.
But a tip forwarded to Georgia detective last week set off a series of events that led to a raid at the New Mexico compound.
It's because of Abdul-Ghani's disability that police were able to estimate that he was recently at the compound, CNN reports.
The warrant says that Wahhaj told the boy's mother he wanted to perform an exorcism on his son. The group told police they were headed to New Mexico to go camping, and continued on their way. "For me, that was the breaking point, where I thought we finally had enough probable cause to put in an affidavit for a search warrant and present it to a district judge", the sheriff said.
Georgia authorities said Mr Wahhaj was traveling through Alabama's Chilton County with seven children and another adult when their auto overturned.
All the adults were arrested on suspicion of child abuse.
The body of a four-year-old boy has been found in a dilapidated camp in the U.S. state of New Mexico where 11 children were rescued in appalling conditions, police said.
"We all gave the kids our water and what snacks we had", he added, "it was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen".
Wahhaj was located upon entry and taken into custody, as was another adult male who was on the compound, Lucas Morten, Hogrefe said.
Wahhaj was collared on an outstanding arrest warrant from Georgia alleging child abduction. Two more people, Lucas Morten and Jenny Leveille, are also alleged to have kept the 11 children in squalor with nearly no food or water.
"Last Thursday, when a message we reasonably believe came from a occupant of the compound or somebody with great knowledge of the compound sent a message saying said basically, we are starving and the children are staving, or something along those lines".
Both men initially refused to follow verbal orders, and Wahhaj was "heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down", the sheriff's office said.
Badger said Tuesday that he had concerns about the compound, but that the courts and other authorities shot down his attempts to break up the encampment - described as a trailer buried in the ground.