Man arrested at New Mexico compound was allegedly training kids to commit school shootings
A man arrested at a makeshift compound in New Mexico where 11 children and the remains of a boy were found was training the children to commit school shootings, according to court documents.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of a missing Georgia boy, was conducting weapons training at the squalid compound in the northern part of the state, documents filed in 8th judicial district court in Taos County court on Wednesday say, citing the foster parent of one of the 11 children.
Wahhaj "had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings," the parent said, according to the document.
The news was first reported by the Associated Press.
Authorities discovered the compound in Amalia last Friday during a search for Wahhaj's son, a 3-year-old who went missing 8 months ago from Jonesboro, Georgia. Wahhaj was the prime suspect.
Once there, they came across Wahhaj plus four other adults and 11 hungry kids ranging in age from 1 to 15. But they did not find his son.
When investigators returned to the property on Monday, they found remains of a boy. A positive identification is still pending, but officials believe they belong to Wahhaj's son, Abdul-ghani. The child's fourth birthday was the same day the remains were discovered.
Wahhaj had multiple firearms, including an assault rifle, the authorities said. They also believed there to be a shooting range on the property.
The conspiracy charge to commit school shootings marks the latest bizarre twist in the case. Wahhaj is accused of leaving Georgia in December with Abdul-ghani; the boy's mother told police that Wahhaj wanted to perform an exorcism on him because he thought he was possessed by the devil. He took him to a park but never returned, the mother said, according to an extradition warrant.
Abdul-ghani struggled with seizures and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a birth defect caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow, and could not walk, the warrant said.