TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The five suspects accused of abuse after 11 kids were found neglected and malnourished on a northern New Mexico compound appeared in court Monday. 

It all started when Siraj Wahhaj was accused of abducting his toddler son from Georgia and fleeing to a property in Taos County. 

That’s where earlier this month, the sheriff’s office says they found Wahhaj and four other adults, along with the kids, living in deplorable conditions. 

Remains of a child were also found, but investigators are still working to determine whether they belong to Wahhaj’s son, Abdul. 

Those five suspects faced a judge Monday. Prosecutors argued the evidence is overwhelming and wanted the five accused Muslim extremists to stay behind bars until trial. 

However, after an hours-long detention hearing Monday, a judge set a $20,000 bond for each of the defendants.

Prosecutors said Wahhaj’s 3-year-old son died during a religious ritual on the property, and according to the search warrant, all of the adults and children watched it happen. 

The sheriff also said that the remains of a toddler were found wrapped in plastic and cloth on the property. 

Prosecutors argued that all five suspects should remain behind bars until trial for the safety of the community because they were training the children to shoot guns for school shootings. 

Some of the new evidence that came to light was that Wahhaj had taken numerous firearm classes at an Atlanta firearms training center, and that they had never seen someone take so many gun classes in such a small amount of time. 

Months later, prosecutors say that Wahhaj took a trip to Saudi Arabia. When he came back, they say he wanted to divorce his wife and kidnaped his son, Abdul Wahhaj. 

They ended up in New Mexico with four other adults and 11 children. 

In court Monday, the sheriff recalled the intense moments when he arrived at the compound. 

“I could hear voices, I knew I could hear talking. I knew I could hear movement. I knew I could see the trailer moving as a small camper sometimes will, and I wanted to know what the heck was going on inside of there, and yes, it put me at an exposure, but who better than me?” he said. 

The sheriff also testified a surplus of ammunition was found in the compound, along with a shooting range and books on how to make an AR-15 untraceable. 

He says the guns were within reach of the children, even saying one child was armed and had a holster with amo. 

The defense argued that children can be trained to use guns and there is no proof that any of the women had used the guns. 

The defense also argued the guns had serial numbers and the men rightfully owned them. 

The defense said there’s no proof or evidence that the child died during a ritual. 

Should any of the defendants bond out of jail, they will be required to wear an ankle monitor and none of them are allowed to leave the country. In order to see their children, it must be under supervision and they cannot discuss the case. 

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