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565 Migrant Children Remain Separated From Families 3 Weeks Past Judge's Deadline

565 Migrant Children Remain Separated From Families 3 Weeks Past Judge's DeadlineOnly a small fraction of the nearly 600 migrant children reported to still be



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Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two children

Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two childrenA Colorado man, who earlier this week pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after they went missing, has been arrested on suspicion of killing them, police said on Thursday. The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick, Colorado, was discovered on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp, police said. The search for the bodies of the couple’s two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, turned up human remains that were believed to belong to the two children, Frederick police said on Twitter on Thursday.



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New Mexico compound: Children 'kidnapped and trained to carry out school shootings by Muslim extremists'

New Mexico compound: Children 'kidnapped and trained to carry out school shootings by Muslim extremists'A child who was among a group of youngsters being held inside a rural New Mexico compound, said they were being trained by their captors to conduct school shootings. Five suspects were arrested after police found 11 starving children between the ages of one and 15 inside a makeshift structure with a nearby shooting range. One of the children’s foster parents told prosecutors “the defendant had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings”, according to court filings.



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US camp raid suspect trained children for school shootings: prosecutors

US camp raid suspect trained children for school shootings: prosecutorsA man arrested in a raid on a squalid compound in New Mexico was training children living there to carry out school shootings, prosecutors said Wednesday. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, was arrested along with four other people on Friday at the desert compound in Amalia, New Mexico, and has been charged with 11 counts of child abuse. Eleven children aged one to 15 were found living on the compound in filthy conditions, prosecutors said, with no clean water or electricity.



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Child's remains recovered in New Mexico compound where 11 children found

Child's remains recovered in New Mexico compound where 11 children foundPositive identification by autopsy has yet to be made, but the remains were believed to be those of a 3-year-old boy whose disappearance from his home near Atlanta, Georgia, eventually led to Friday’s search of the property, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told a news conference. The compound, surrounded by tires and a trench, is located on the outskirts of the rural community of Amalia, New Mexico, near the Colorado state line, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Taos.



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Eleven children in US rescued from 'extremists' at 'filthy' hideout

Eleven children in US rescued from 'extremists' at 'filthy' hideoutFive people have been arrested in New Mexico after police raided a remote desert encampment and found 11 children living among potential Muslim extremists in “filthy” conditions. The three women – mothers of the 11 children aged between one and 15 – and two men were all charged with child abuse. One of the men, Siraj Wahhaj, 39, was wanted in his home state of Georgia for questioning over the disappearance of his three-year-old son, Abdul. Both father and son were last seen in December, when Wahhaj told his wife, Hakima Ramzi, that he was taking the boy to the park. Georgia man Siraj Ibn Wahhaj after his arrest  Credit: AFP The boy's mother told police her child suffered from seizures along with development and cognitive delays. Wahhaj’s relatives, including his father, an imam at a mosque in Brooklyn, New York, launched a social media campaign to try and find the missing boy. The toddler was not found in Friday's raid, however, which was months in the making. Police finally went in after the sheriff in Taos, New Mexico, was forwarded a note from someone on the property, given to Georgia police, which read: “we are starving and need food and water.” Jerry Hogrefe, sheriff of Taos County, said: "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." The sheriff described planning "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." Relatives' social media accounts show the Wahhaj family to be devout, but with no evidence of extremist beliefs. A view of the compound in Amalia, New Mexico, where police rescued 11 children and arrested two armed "extremists" Credit: AFP Mr Hogrefe and his men were met by Wahhaj and his colleague, Lucas Morten, who were armed with an AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols, including one in Wahhaj's pocket. The men at first refused to follow verbal direction, police said, during Friday’s day-long operation. The women – Jany Leveille, 35, believed to be Morten’s wife; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, a 35-year-old author of Muslim self-help books – gave themselves up. The compound in Amalia, New Mexico Credit: AP When officials finally entered the makeshift compound, in remote northern New Mexico, they found what one officer called "the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen". Mr Hogrefe told ABC News the children were hungry, thirsty and filthy. "I've been a cop for 30 years. I've never seen anything like this. Unbelievable," he said. Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity "They were skinny, their ribs showed, they were in very poor hygiene and very scared," he said. Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity Credit: AP All five adults were held in detention in Taos, charged on Sunday with child abuse. The children were taken away for medical tests.  Morten was additionally charged with harbouring a fugitive and Wahhaj was booked without bond on his Georgia warrant for child abduction. Sherry Jarrell, an occupational therapist who lives on a 70-acre property not far from where the arrests were made on Friday said the area is beautiful, but residents don’t always know who their neighbours are. “It’s a great place,” she told Taos News. “But strange people live out on the mesa. People that are trying to get away from things.”



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New Mexico: 11 ‘starving’ children rescued from makeshift compound

New Mexico: 11 ‘starving’ children rescued from makeshift compoundConditions at a compound in rural New Mexico where 11 children were taken into protective custody for their own health and safety after a raid by authorities. Police in rural New Mexico have rescued 11 children from a “squalid” makeshift compound after receiving a tip that they were “starving” and desperately in need of food and water. The children, ranging in age from one to 15, were turned over to state child-welfare workers.



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Police Locate 11 Children Living In Decrepit New Mexico Compound

Police Locate 11 Children Living In Decrepit New Mexico CompoundPolice discovered 11 children in a squalid New Mexico compound while searching



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Emaciated children rescued from filthy and heavily armed New Mexico compound

Emaciated children rescued from filthy and heavily armed New Mexico compoundEleven emaciated children living in a filthy, heavily-armed compound, have been rescued by police looking for a missing three-year-old boy. Officers searching for Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who was was reported to have been abducted in Georgia late last year, raided a compound in rural New Mexico, about 120 miles north east of Santa Fe and close to the border with Colorado. While they did not find the youngster, police did discover 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj, who was wanted by Georgia authorities for the alleged adduction of his son.



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11 Children Rescued From 'Filthy' New Mexico Compound With Barely Any Food, Cops Say

11 Children Rescued From 'Filthy' New Mexico Compound With Barely Any Food, Cops SayThe kids ranged in age from 1 to 15.



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