Prosecutors miss deadline, charges dropped against 3 in 'filthy' compound case

Defendants Hujrah Wahhaj left and Siraj Wahhaj talk during a break in court hearings Monday Aug. 13 2018 in Taos N.M. The Wahhajs were among several people arrested after authorities raided a property and found 11 children living on a squalid compo

A district judge dismissed charges against three of five defendants connected to a New Mexico compound where, according to court documents, officials say Muslim extremists trained children to carry out school shootings.

Their pleas came after a judge dismissed child neglect charges filed against them earlier this month.

He dropped the charges, which he said can be refiled, against Lucas Morten, Hujrah Wahhaj, and Subhannah Wahhaj saying the prosecution failed to hold a preliminary hearing to prove probable cause within ten days of their first court appearance.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, his father, is accused of abducting the boy, whose decomposed remains were discovered three days after the raid.

Kostich and Mitsunaga said that prosecutors from Gallegos's office did not offer a clear reason for failing to schedule the preliminary hearing, as required, within the 10-business-day window, which began after the defendants' first court appearance, on August 8.

Prosecutors have other options for pursuing charges against the three - Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj.

Of course, if prosecutors have evidence this compound existed to plot terrorism, they need to present that, not rely on charges of child abuse which they fail to back up.

Prosecutors offered no immediate indications Wednesday as to how they will proceed.

Charges against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille in connection with the death of a previously missing three-year-old boy remain, Fox News reports.

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The other two arrested at the compound, Siraj Wahhaj and Jany Leveille, also had the charges of child abuse dropped, but they remain in prison for the death of 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani.

Authorities say Wahhaj and Leveille denied the boy proper medicine and health care before he died in December 2017 during a religious ritual aimed at casting out demonic spirits.

Two of the suspects are still in custody, while three others were released from jail Wednesday night.

"I would have thought they'd be more on top of things, the way they continued to seek to hold them without bond".

The boy's mother initially reported him missing a year ago from Jonesboro, Georgia, after Siraj Ibn Wahhaj said he was taking the child to a park and didn't return.

Members of the group were alleged to have conducted weapons training with the children with the aim of carrying out acts of terror and were charged with child abuse.

The boy's mother initially reported the boy missing past year from Jonesboro, Georgia, after Wahhaj said he was taking the child to a park and didn't return.

The document, cited in a court filing Friday by state prosecutors, included vague instructions for "the one-time terrorist" and mentioned an unnamed place called "the ideal attack site."... Forensic medical investigators have not yet identified the cause and manner of the boy's death.

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