Defendant Siraj Wahhaj and four others have been charged with child abuse stemming from the alleged neglect of 11 children found living on a squalid compound in New Mexico.
A judge is facing death threats after granting bail to five adults in an abuse case involving nearly a dozen allegedly malnourished and dehydrated children found at a remote compound in New Mexico.
In an hours-long bail hearing on Monday, Judge Sarah Backus acknowledged “troubling facts” presented by prosecutors against Siraj Wahhaj, Jany Leveille, Lucas Morten, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj, who were arrested and charged with child abuse. However, Backus said prosecutors failed to identify any specific threats.
Eleven children were found in the compound during a police raid in the town of Amalia, in Taos County, N.M., on Aug. 3. The children ranged in age from 1 to 15. Three days later, a toddler’s body was discovered on the premises.