Attorney questions allegation in New Mexico compound case


    Taos County Solid Waste Department Director Edward Martinez, center, surveys property conditions at a disheveled living compound at Amalia, N.M., on Tuesday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A defense attorney is questioning accusations that a man arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound was training children to commit school shootings.

    Aleks Kostich of the Taos County Public Defender's Office said Wednesday the allegations by prosecutors against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj lacked additional explanation, except to say the information came from the foster parent of a child removed from the compound last week.

    Taos County Solid Waste Department Director Edward Martinez surveys property conditions at a disheveled living compound at Amalia, N.M., Tuesday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

    Kostich says he believes prosecutors are not certain about the credibility of the source.

    Wahhaj and four other adults were arrested Friday during a raid at the compound in Amalia, where authorities say they found 11 hungry children living in filth.

    Taos County Planning Department officials Rachel Romero, left, and Eric Montoya survey property conditions at a disheveled living compound at Amalia, N.M., on Tuesday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

    Authorities were searching for a missing boy.

    They say they found the remains of a small child but medical examiners have not identified the remains.

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