Father who took missing Clayton County child found in New Mexico - CBS46 News

Father who took missing Clayton County child found in New Mexico; Kid still missing

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Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujhrah Wahhaj were each arrested at the compound found in Mexico. (Source: Taos County Sheriff's Office) Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujhrah Wahhaj were each arrested at the compound found in Mexico. (Source: Taos County Sheriff's Office)
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A father who took his now-missing child out of Clayton County last year was found in New Mexico, although the child is still missing.

The mom of 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj reported the child missing to Clayton County police on Dec. 7, 2017, telling authorities she last saw her son when he left with his father to go to the park on Dec. 1, 2017.

While a warrant was issued, criminal charges were not filed against his dad, Siraj Wahhaj, as authorities say there was no custody issue and they simply wanted to know where the child was.

The child and his dad were last seen together on Dec. 13, 2017 when they were in a vehicle that was involved in an accident on I-65 in Alabama. Police say five additional children and two adults were with the missing child and his dad during the accident, in a vehicle that was registered to Lucas Morton, of Atlanta.

Police in Alabama say they were told the group were headed to New Mexico for a camping trip.

On Friday, authorities in New Mexico detained Wahhaj and Morton after serving a search warrant on what they described as "a makeshift compound."

Eleven children from ages 1-15 were taken into protective custody and later turned over to child services in New Mexico, although Wahhaj's son was not one of the kids found.

Police say no one would say where the child was, but authorities believe he was at the compound "weeks ago."

Authorities in New Mexico say they served the search warrant after receiving a message from a Georgia detective that they believed came from the compound saying "we are starving and need food and water."

When Wahhaj was captured, police say he was heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols.

Wahhaj was booked on his warrant out of Clayton County. Meanwhile, Morton was charged with harboring a fugitive.

Police say three women, Jany Leville age 35, Hujrah Wahhaj age 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj age 35, believed to be the children's mothers were also detained and later released, pending further investigation. 

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