Investigators have reported some disturbing news that makes a bad situation even worse. Last week, 11 hungry children ages 1 to 15 were found living in what was described as “Third World” conditions in a New Mexico compound.
Now, investigators are saying they were being trained to be school shooters. The accusation was level by prosecutors in court documents filed Wednesday, reported PEOPLE.
On Friday, authorities arrested two men and three women. One of the men had allegedly abducted his son in Georgia, and that's what started the investigation.
That child, 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, was not among those 11 children rescued. Sadly, authorities discovered the unidentified remains of a young male at the compound Monday who they believe to be Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.
“We have a missing child, the child of the defendant,” Donald Gallegos, district attorney for the the Eighth Judicial District, told PEOPLE. “He was not one of the  children at the residence. We are pretty sure it could be the boy, but we aren’t positive yet.”
Additionally, two of the 11 children told a child welfare worker that Abdul-Ghani had been at the compound but “died” after being in “poor health."
After the rescue, one of the children told their foster parent that the children were being trained to shoot so that they could be school shooters. Prosecutors believe the children were taken to New Mexico to receive advanced weapons training.
The foster parent said the suspects had "trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings," reported CNN.
CNN added, "Investigators also found an AR-15 rifle, loaded 30-round magazines, four loaded pistols and many rounds of ammo."
Prosecutors also argued that the five suspects would be a danger to public safety if they were allowed to go free. They asked a judge to have the five suspects—Abdul-Ghani's father, Siraj Wahhaj; the man's sisters, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj; Lucas Morten; and Jany Leveille—held in jail without bail.
The boy was last seen leaving his Jonesboro, Georgia, home with his father in late November. He was reported missing on December 10 after his father took him to the park and never returned. His mother told authorities that they boy could not walk and suffered seizures.
An arrest warrant obtained by PEOPLE shows that Wahhaj was allegedly convinced that his son was “possessed by the devil.” His mother told police that he wanted to "perform an exorcism" on the boy.
They entered the compound after seeing a message that appeared to be from someone within saying, "we are starving and need food and water."
“The only food we saw were a few potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy trailer,” Taos Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in a news release last weekend. “But what was most surprising and heartbreaking was when the team located a total of five adults and 11 children that looked like [Third World] country refuges not only with no food or fresh water, but no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.”
The suspects, who were all charged with 11 counts of child abuse, were previously described by local law enforcement as religious extremists. Wahhaj is additionally charged with child abduction, and Morton is charged with harboring a fugitive.
Sheriff Hogrefe said in a news release Saturday, "I absolutely knew that we couldn't wait on another agency to step up and we had to go check this out as soon as possible, so I began working on a search warrant right after I got that intercepted message—it had to be a search warrant and a tactical approach for our own safety because we had learned the occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief."
Wahhaj's father is a New York Imam. He was the first Muslim to offer an opening prayer before the US House of Representatives, reported CNN. He was also a character witness for convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman.
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh pointed out that this should be the biggest story of the year, but the media is burying it.
He wrote, "Hey, by the way, a group of Muslims set up a compound in an American state where they trained a bunch of kids to carry out school shootings. This actually happened in real life and should be the biggest news story of the month, if not the year."
He wasn't the only one to notice it.
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