Amalia compound suspects to appear in federal court

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The five adults found living on a compound with 11 malnourished children in Amalia are expected to make their first appearance in federal court Tuesday.

All five suspects are facing federal gun charges. Heavy ammunition and weapons were found on the compound when it was raided earlier this summer. 

The criminal complaint charges Jany Leveille with being in the country illegally and illegally having firearms and ammunition.

The four other suspects are charged with conspiracy and aiding and abetting Leveille.

Tuesday in court, the suspects heard the charges against them. The government is asking that they all be held until trial, so they will also appear for a detention hearing Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, the district attorney in Taos has yet to re-file state child abuse charges against the suspects for the conditions of the children. 

He says those charges are coming.

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