However, 11 other children, ranging in age from 1 to 15, were removed and taken into protective custody.
The boy was encephalopathic, the Clayton News Daily reported in December. The child's mother became concerned, especially because the little boy suffers from seizures, developmental and cognitive delays and is unable to walk due to suffering a Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy at birth. Police alerts for the boy and his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, went out in multiple states.
Five adults were found at the scene, including two heavily armed men. They had a auto accident on a highway there on December 13., the newspaper reported.
That was before Ibn Wahhaj's estranged wife, Hakima Ramzi, recorded a desperate Facebook video. She said she didn't know if the boy and his father had his medication.
It took law enforcement hours to secure the property, as both Wahhaj and Morten initially refused to follow verbal commands.
"The only food we saw were a few potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy trailer", said Hogrefe.
Siraj Wahhaj, 40, the man suspected of abducting his son, is being held in the Taos County Adult Detention Center without bond on a warrant out of Georgia.
It is not clear how the group ended up at the compound in Amalia.
Hogrefe said the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided surveillance of the compound, which was located in an extremely rural, desert area. There was no water, plumbing or electricity, investigators said. Outside, children's pans hung across a broken sheet of hardboard, backdropped by dust, tires and the mountains.
Federal Bureau of Investigation recently provided the sheriff's office with surveillance on the location, but said there wasn't enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the property. The federal agency could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
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However, the Taos County Sheriff could not secure a warrant for probable cause to investigate the location until a Georgia detective investigating the missing child received a message sent to a third party from inside the compound saying, "We are starving and need food and water".
"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".
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj after his arrest.
This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. No one was injured in the all-day operation, according to the sheriff's office.
There were no injuries during the search, the sheriff said.
Almost eight months after a woman in Georgia reported that her 3-year-old son and his father were missing, Taos County Sheriff's deputies on Friday stormed a makeshift compound in a remote northern New Mexico location and took the father into custody.
The child was not among those found in Amalia but he is believed to have been in the compound in recent weeks.
Nor was there any sign of Abdul-Ghani - the only child among the 12 who was officially listed as abducted.
The 11 children have been taken into care by local social services.
Taos County law enforcement officials found 11 children and three women, believed to be the children's mothers, also living there, but did not find Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. Morten faces charges of harboring a fugitive, and Wahhaj was arrested on the kidnapping warrant.