Search dogs seen sniffing around NM compound where 11 children were rescued | KOB 4

Search dogs seen sniffing around NM compound where 11 children were rescued

Ryan Laughlin
August 06, 2018 10:04 PM

TAOS, N.M. – Search dogs were seen sniffing around the northern New Mexico compound, where 11 children were rescued and five adults were arrested.


"I have some friends that live up in that area and they told me that Taos County Sheriff’s Office was up there searching,” said Jason Badger, who owns the land where the compound was found. “Not quite sure what they were searching for, hopefully that missing child. They did have dogs up there sniffing around which is good. I'm very happy they were doing that.”

Authorities still have not found the Georgia boy who initially sparked the search. Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who turned 4 years old Monday, was reported missing in December after he and his father, Siraj Wahhaj, did not return from a trip to the park.

Siraj Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton and Jany Leveille all face child abuse charges.

The NBC affiliate in Atlanta confirmed with family members the relations of those arrested at the compound. 

The station reports Siraj Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, and Subhannah Wahhaj are siblings. Subhannah Wahhaj is said to be married to Lucas Morton.

The three women were reportedly mothers to all 11 kids, who were taken into CYFD custody.

Authorities announced they will discuss the case at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The press conference will be streamed live on


Ryan Laughlin

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