Family member says the five adults arrested left with the children in November after believing they were in need of an exorcism
The estranged family of 11 malnourished children rescued from a squalid New Mexico compound have called the discovery of the childrens conditions heartbreaking, sad and embarrassing for the rest of the family.
The children, ranging in age from one to 15, were discovered last week in a raid of a partially underground rural New Mexico compound and turned over to state child welfare workers. They were skinny, their ribs showed, they were in very poor hygiene and very scared, Taos county Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told ABC News Radio.
Five adults, who were all either parents or aunts and uncles to the children, were initially arrested in the raid, and all five have been charged with 11 counts of child abuse. The two men arrested, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Lucan Morton, face additional charges related to child abduction and harboring a fugitive.
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