Siraj Wahhaj will not be extradited from New Mexico back to Georgia
TAOS COUNTY, N.M. (AP) - The father of the boy who was found dead on New Mexico compound will not be extradited to Georgia.
Authorities accuse Siraj Wahhaj of abducting his son from Clayton County last year and was being held on that warrant. Prosecutors in New Mexico said last week there were no new charges imminent against him.
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Meanwhile, the body of the boy was laid to rest, wrapped in a white cloth, in a grave behind a mosque in metro Atlanta. His mother said she took comfort that she would one day see him again in paradise.
Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, would have turned 4 earlier this month, was reported missing in December. His father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, had said he was taking the child to a park, but never returned. Instead, prosecutors said, he brought his son to live on a compound in Taos County, New Mexico.
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Wahhaj went missing in December and authorities say he was taken from Georgia to New Mexico by his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. Authorities have said they believe the child died in February when he was 3.
Authorities said Wahhaj had told his wife he wanted to perform a ritual on the child, he later said he was taking the boy to a park and didn't return.
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Authorities looking for the child raided the compound Aug. 3, arrested the father and four other adults on child cruelty charges and taking custody of the 11 children found living there in filth. From some of the kids, police say they learned Abdul-Ghani spit up during the rituals, which involved the dad reading from the Quran and placing a hand on the boy's head. The children reported Abdul-Ghani finally stopped breathing during one of them.
The boy's body was found on Aug. 6. More charges could be filed after authorities determine how Abdul-Ghani died.
Prosecutors said they were training the children to be school shooters. All were granted bond, but were still being held due to safety concerns. One of the women was turned over to the ICE due because she was believed to be in the country illegally.
Wahhaj could now be released because the extradition was denied.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article