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Women, men found in northern NM compound to face more charges

Wahhaj, left, and Morton are facing additional charges Sunday night. Wahhaj, left, and Morton are facing additional charges Sunday night.  | 

David Lynch
August 17, 2018 09:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More charges are being filed in the aftermath of a Friday raid in northern New Mexico that resulted in the discovery of 11 children living in haggard conditions and the arrest of two men, including a child abductor from Georgia.

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Siraj Wahhaj was booked on his Georgia warrant for child abduction following the raid, and Lucan Allen Morton was arrested on charges of harboring a fugitive. Now both men will also be facing 11 counts of child abuse, according to Taos County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Jason Rael.

Three women also found on the compound were originally detained for questioning by authorities and then released. Rael told KOB Sunday night that those three women – still unidentified – will also face 11 counts of child abuse.

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Authorities have not said if the women are the mothers of the children. Those kids, ranging in age from 1 to 15, are currently in protective custody with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

The 3-year-old boy Wahhaj is accused of taking – his son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj – was not found at the compound, according to authorities.

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