New charges filed in Amalia Compound investigation

'We now know the child died on December 24, 2017 and was concealed at the compound....'

Abdul Wahhaj was 3-years-old when his mother reported him missing in 2017 from Georgia. He was last seen with his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, who was arrested Friday (July 3) at a compound near Amalia, NM. (Facebook Photo)
New charges have been filed against Jany Leveille and Siraj Wahhaj as a result of the joint investigation into the Amalia Compound and the remains of a child that were located there.

Yesterday (Aug. 23) Jany Leveille was transferred from Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody back to Taos County where she is still being held on Federal immigration charges, as well as state charges for eleven counts of child abuse.

Arrest warrants supported by an affidavit were served on Jany Leveille and Siraj Wahhaj by Under-Sheriff Steve Miera today (Aug. 24) while both were still in custody at the Taos County Adult Detention Center. The criminal complaint lists two charges against each defendant:

  1. Abuse of a child resulting in the death of a child, a first-degree felony that carries a penalty of up to life in prison and,
  2. Conspiracy to commit abuse of a child, also a first-degree felony.

Two male adults Siraj Wahhaj and Lucan Morton and three females Jany Leveille age 35, Hujrah Wahhaj age 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj age 35 were arrested on charges of abuse and neglect on August 6. Eleven children ages one to 15 were put in protective custody with CYFD.

The latest charges come after the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator (OMI) identified human remains found at the compound near Amalia as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, and nearly three weeks examining electronic and written data that were seized from the series of five search warrants relating to this case, as well as interviews.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has yet to release an official cause of death determination or toxicology report.

“This has been a very involved and lengthy process, but it is the only lawful way to build a solid criminal case,” said Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe. “We now know the child died on December 24, 2017 and was concealed at the compound, which was suspected early in the investigation. There is still much more investigation to be detailed in the coming weeks.  We are still actively working this case in conjunction with the FBI.  We are linking evidence to the other three adults that were located on the compound and are working with our District Attorney to bring additional charges as supporting evidence becomes available.”