Some things are just hard to report – this is definitely one.
Earlier this month we reported of an alleged terrorist compound in New Mexico. Reports stated that the children there told investigators that they were being trained to carry out school shootings. One child’s remains were found on the property and conditions were said to be inhumane.
According to Fox News, District Judge Emilio Chavez on Wednesday dismissed charges against three of the five defendants — Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj, and Hujrah Wahhaj — ruling that authorities violated the state’s “10-day rule.”
Child abuse charges against them were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause.
During a separate hearing Wednesday, Judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges against fellow defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille. However, charges leveled against them on Friday, in connection to the death of a missing 3-year-old boy, remained.
Mind you, the father reportedly kidnapped his sick son, who later passed away at the filthy compound.
With so much overwhelming evidence against the group how in the WORLD did this happen? Prosecutors were practically given the case in gift wrap with the number of evidence investigators uncovered.
Only time will tell what, if any, criminal charges will be brought back up.
The makeshift compound — located near the Colorado border — was found shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Upon authorities’ arrival, Wahhaj was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30 round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said.
The sheriff said the children, ages 1 to 15, “looked like third world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.”
The only food investigators found were some potatoes and a box of rice inside a dirty trailer, the sheriff said, adding that the living conditions were “the ugliest looking, filthiest” he’s ever seen.