Prosecutors: Released Compound Suspects Planned Terror Attack On Hospital
Taos, NM – Prosecutors revealed that a major Atlanta hospital was the target of a planned terrorist attack by the suspected terrorists released by a judge two weeks ago.
Some of the 11 children rescued from the suspect's isolated compound told investigators that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his partner Jany Leveille were angry with Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and planned to attack it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Documents submitted to the court on Friday included a 10-page hand-written document called "Phases of a Terrorist Attack,” WSB-TV reported.
Prosecutors were making a second run at having the suspects held without bond after a judge released them all on signature bonds on Aug. 14.
A signature bond requires no money and is a signed promise from the defendants that they will return to court.
Court records that were filed at the start of the investigation revealed that Wahhaj had been conducting weapons training at the off-the-grid compound located near the Colorado border, the Associated Press reported.
Police said the compound first came to their attention after somebody living inside sent a plea for help to a Clayton County detective, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“We are starving and need food and water,” the note read.
Authorities entered the compound on Aug. 3 as they searched for a missing three-year-old boy.
They found 11 starving and abused children ranging in age from one to 15, all being held at the property, but the missing boy was not among them.
Police found the remains of a deceased child on the property, and determined it was the body of Wahhaj’s missing son Abdul-Ghani, who would have turned four years old the day before investigators raided the compound.
A foster parent who is taking care of one of the children told Taos County authorities that the child said that Wahhaj "had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings,” according court documents.
The children said they were being trained to "confront corrupt institutions or individuals," the documents said.
On Friday, prosecutors said Leveille "expressed his displeasure with Grady Hospital due to the treatment her mother received there" which placed the hospital on the targeted list of corrupt institutions, WSB reported.
Police first became involved when Wahhaj allegedly took his three-year-old son from Georgia in December of 2017 because he wanted to perform an exorcism on him.
The boy’s mother told police that Wahhaj thought his son was possessed by the devil, NBC News reported.
According to a warrant, Abdul-Ghani suffered from seizures and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a birth defect caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow, and also could not walk.
Wahhaj told the boy’s mother he was taking his son to the park and never brought him back home, according to an extradition warrant that has been filed with the court by Clayton County, Georgia authorities.
The last known sighting of the boy was on Dec. 13, 2017, when Wahhaj was involved in a single-vehicle car accident in Chilton County, Alabama.
There were six children and three adults total in the vehicle when it crashed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Wahhaj told responding officers that the group was headed to New Mexico on a camping trip.
Police arrested a total of five adults at the squalid northern New Mexico compound. None of the adults found at the property revealed Abdul-Ghani’s location to authorities.
The sheriff said the small compound was composed of a partially-buried camper, a wall of tires, and an earthen berm. The property had no clean water, almost no food, and no hygienic products for the children who were wearing dirty rags and no shoes when authorities arrived.