‘Fugitive from justice’ charge dropped against Amalia compound suspect

New Mexico
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It will now be easier for one of the suspects accused of starving 11 kids on a New Mexico compound, to get out of jail. 

Five people were arrested earlier this month after law enforcement raided their property in Taos County and found the kids living in squalor. 

One of them, Siraj Wahhaj, was wanted out of Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son and bringing him to New Mexico. 

That boy’s remains were found buried on the compound.

While investigators believe the boy died during a religious ceremony, OMI has yet to determine a cause of death, therefore no charges for the boy’s death have been filed against any of the suspects. 

Wahhaj was originally being held without bond, but now a “fugitive from justice” charge against him has been dropped. That means he can be released if he meets certain conditions, including having a place to live. 

Three other suspects are still behind bars until they can find a suitable place to live. 

Wahhaj’s wife Jany Levielle, who is in the U.S. illegally from Haiti, is in ICE custody. 

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