Child welfare is one of the most important functions that a government can offer, and looking out for children, who are often unable to look out for their own best interests, can help improve their living situations. If the parents aren’t taking care of their children, sometimes the only answer is government intervention.
Three mothers of 11 children found malnourished in a filthy compound in New Mexico were arrested and charged this past weekend after authorities raided the ‘compound’ to find a four-year-old child, hoping to return the child to his mother. What they found instead included armed men who may be involved in Muslim extremism along with a run-down, disgusting compound that a law enforcement officer described as the “ugliest looking” homestead he’d ever seen. Strange that the political left, which wouldn’t stop talking about President Trump putting children in cages, doesn’t seem as interested in this story.
Authorities raided the compound, which appears to be built from garbage, on Friday. They were searching for a child, four-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who turned four on Monday and who vanished in December.
According to the mother, the young child also suffers from a medical condition.
The child was not found at the compound, which Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe called the “ugliest looking, filthiest” living conditions he had ever seen.
Instead, they discovered multiple children, ranging in age from one to 15, living in the compound. Sheriff Hogrefe also said added that they only found a few potatoes and a box of rice in the makeshift area.
According to the sheriff, authorities had conducted surveillance of the strange location before they applied for a warrant on Thursday.
The warrant was attained after an investigator in Georgia forwarded a message to his agency, in which someone at the compound said that people at the facility were starving and needed water.
This message was intercepted by said investigator.
Hogrefe said that when he saw the message, he knew that he couldn’t wait for another agency to act.
He also said that they found that the occupants were “most likely” heavily armed and considered to be “extremist of the Muslim belief.”
When law enforcement officials arrived at the site, Siraj Wahhaj was armed with an AR-15 pattern rifle along with five loaded magazines.
He also had four loaded pistols on hand, including one in his pocket.
They also found three women at the compound: Jany Leville, Hujrah Wahhaj, and Subhannah Wahhaj, who were all arrested and charged with neglect and child abuse due to the state of the children at the compound.
Lucas Morton was also arrested at the compound on charges of harboring a fugitive, though he, like Siraj Wahhaj, faces child abuse charges as well.
Ryan Mauro said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had the compound, which is in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, close to the Colorado border, under surveillance.
He also described it as a terrorist training camp, according to his interactions with law enforcement sources close to the investigation.
Mauro continued on to say that his sources believed that it was part of some broader radical Islamic movement in the area.
He compared the compound, and the type of activities that took place there, as something akin to Waco, a reference to the infamous Branch Davidian compound known as the Mount Carmel Center, and the siege that occurred there.
It’s terrifying to think that there could be, as Mauro suggested, more such compounds around the United States.
Even worse to consider, however, is the idea that the FBI could be surveilling such compounds rather than taking actions against them.
After the raid, investigators questioned the adult occupants about the whereabouts of the missing child. The five adults refused to provide any information concerning him.
However, investigators believe that the boy was at the compound in recent weeks.
The compound appeared to be built mainly out of debris and garbage, including old pallets used for shipping and even what appeared to be used tires.
It is sad to think that Mauro, who works for the Clarion Project as a National Security Analyst, could be right that there are other children of Islamic extremists living in similar conditions, in similar compounds across the state, or even the country. No child deserves to grow up like that.