A Sheriff in New Mexico told the Associated Press on Friday that the charges were being filed against a woman and the father of the three-year-old boy from Georgia, whose body was found in a New Mexico site in early August.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille were charged with child abuse, leading to death and conspiracy to commit child abuse,
Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj (left) with his mother Hakima Ramzi (Photo: Hakima Ramzi)
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj is the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, whose remains were discovered on August 6, which would have been his fourth birthday. The child, who came from Clayton County, had been missing since November.
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The defendants were among five adults and eleven children living in primitive conditions during a August 3 raid on the site, the AP reported.
A lawyer from Leveille told the AP that she has not seen the indictment and her client maintains her innocence. A lawyer for Siraj Ibn Wahhaj could not be reached immediately.
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But because the couple was still married and there was no formal custody agreement at the time, the officials had no legal authority to remove the child from his father.