SANTA FE, N.M. (WR) — A second member of an prolonged household going through firearms, kidnapping and terrorism-related prices in reference to an 2018 raid on a distant compound the place a baby’s decomposed physique was discovered has been ordered hospitalized for psychological well being remedy.
The case, which revolves across the mysterious demise of 3-year-old boy on the household’s ramshackle settlement in northern New Mexico, has been thrown into disarray by psychological well being points and the coronavirus pandemic that has swept by way of correctional amenities. 5 defendants are going through federal prices.
A federal decide has decided that Lucas Morton, 42, is incompetent to face trial and must be dedicated to a federal medical heart for remedy and re-evaluation inside 4 months, in response to court docket data obtained Tuesday. An lawyer for Morton declined to remark.
In October 2019, the same order was issued in opposition to co-defendant Jany Leveille after a decide discovered she was unable to grasp the costs in opposition to her as a result of she was affected by psychological sickness. There have been no additional court docket filings regarding Leveille’s situation.
Leveille was described in court docket paperwork as a pacesetter of the group of prolonged members of the family who had been dwelling at a high-desert compound. Taos County sheriff’s officers raided it in August 2018, saying they discovered 11 hungry kids, a firing vary and firearms.
In a second search days later, they recovered the stays of a 3-year-old boy in an underground tunnel. He was the son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, one of many 5 suspects and Leveille’s companion, and had been reported lacking by his mom in Georgia.
Authorities stated the kid, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, had suffered from untreated disabilities as Leveille and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj carried out each day prayer rituals over him. Authorities stated Leveille believed remedy suppressed the group’s Muslim beliefs. The kid had died the prior winter, in response to authorities.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj has petitioned a U.S. District Court docket to be launched from a correctional heart pending trial to keep away from publicity to COVID-19. He has requested to remain at a midway home in Albuquerque whereas sporting a GPS monitor.
Federal jail data present that Hujrah Wahhaj is being held at a jail in Los Angeles. Subhanah Wahhaj — Morton’s spouse and the mom of 4 kids — is listed as launched pending trial since April.
In late 2018, an FBI agent testified that Leveille’s two teenage sons had described how she anticipated the Abdul-Ghani to be resurrected as Jesus and supply instruction to eliminate establishments that contain lecturers, legislation enforcement and banks. The boys have been amongst these dwelling on the compound and who had been educated at a firing vary on the property in navy techniques, authorities stated.
Attorneys for the group up to now have disputed prosecutors’ allegations, saying a lot of it’s based mostly on the uncorroborated statements of youngsters whom authorities interviewed and not using a mother or father or guardian current.
One lawyer additionally stated the scrutiny of the prayer ritual carried out over the sick youngster had resulted within the group’s religion getting used in opposition to them.
Leveille, who’s from Haiti, is charged with possessing a firearm whereas dwelling within the nation illegally, whereas the opposite defendants have been accused of conspiring to supply her with firearms and ammunition.
All within the group, besides the lifeless boy’s father, are charged within the kidnapping of Abdul-Ghani. U.S. legislation usually doesn’t enable authorities to cost mother and father with kidnapping their very own kids, besides in worldwide instances.