Sheriff: Remains of a boy found at Taos-area compound

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Aerial footage of the compound prior to the special forces raid revealed a child walking around with a limp, though authorities have not confirmed that they know this to be Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.

The Taos County Sheriff was emotional Tuesday as he told a room of reporters that his deputies found the body of a child on that compound Monday morning.

Hogrefe says police still are looking for 4-year-old AG Wahhaj, reported missing from Georgia's Clayton County.

The next day, a dozen officers kicked off the "all day" operation, discovering hidden beneath New Mexico's scrubland the two men with an AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols, including one in Wahhaj's pocket.

Pictured are (left to right) Lucas Morton, Siraj Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj BELOW: The Taos County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation use shovels to search a compound north of Amalia and near the Colorado border Monday.

Two heavily armed men, identified by authorities as Lucas Morten and Siraj Wahhaj, were arrested at the scene. However, there was no sign of Abdul.

Each of the five adults has since been charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse, according to the local prosecutor, Donald Gallegos.

He also wouldn't comment on the suggestion that Siraj Wahhaj, the missing boy's father, wanted an exorcism.

Authorities returned to search the compound after interviews on Friday and Saturday led them to believe the boy might still be on the property.

He proposed the group "swap" the property for land Badger said the group had purchased not far away from his home in Northern New Mexico.

"I had no probable cause to get a search warrant to go onto this property", the sheriff said.

Hogrefe said the move to search the facility came after a Georgia investigator forwarded a message to him in which someone at the compound told another person that people there were starving and needed water.

(Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP).

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Lucas Morton, left, and Siraj Wahhaj.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was detained on an outstanding warrant in Georgia alleging child abduction.

The women - Jany Leveille, believed to be Morten's wife, Hujrah Wahhaj, and Subhannah Wahhaj, an author of Muslim self-help books - eventually gave themselves up.

An arrest warrant states that Wahhaj "wanted to perform an exorcism" on the child because he believed he was possessed by the devil.

The Taos County Sheriff said the 3-year-old boy was not among the children which he described as being in heartbreaking condition, starving with no food or fresh water.

But at the time, the group told Alabama police they were headed to New Mexico for camping, and continued on their way.

Two of the children and the other woman were found in a 2006 Ford moving van that deputies believe they were living in.

The sheriff declined to answer questions about what was going on at the compound, but he said a shooting range had been built at the property.

After seeing the message apparently sent from someone at the compound asking for food and water, Hogrefe said he felt he needed to act.

Anderson said Tuesday he had helped the newcomers install solar panels after they arrived in December.

In the aftermath of the raid, Badger visited the compound. They were arrested in the town of Taos and booked into jail. It was not immediately clear either had attorneys.

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.

What authorities found was what Hogrefe called "the saddest living conditions and poverty" he has seen in 30 years on the job.

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