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ICE takes custody of one of the New Mexico compound suspects; other four remain jailed

ICE officials took Jany Leveille, 35, into custody Tuesday. Leveille, an illegal immigrant from Haiti, is reportedly the "Islamic wife" of the compound's leader, Siraj Wahhaj. (Image source: Video screenshot)

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have taken custody of one of the women arrested at the Muslim-extremist compound in New Mexico, according to the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, ICE officials took custody of Jany Leveille, 35, an illegal immigrant from Haiti. Leveille is the "Islamic wife" of the compound's leader, Siraj Wahhaj, according to FBI agent Travis Taylor.

It's been nearly two weeks since the raid on the Muslim-extremist compound in Amalia, where authorities arrested five adults and rescued 11 starving children, ages 1 to 15, living in "Third-World" conditions.

Have the others been released?

No, the other four adults, Siraj Wahhaj, 40, along with his two sisters, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj, and Lucas Morten remain in the Taos County Jail.

Judge Sarah Backus granted unsecured $20,000 bonds to all five adults on Monday. Backus called the case “troubling,” but said that the state didn’t prove the suspects posed a danger to the public. On Tuesday, the courthouse was evacuated after it received death threats over the judge's decision.

The detainees are still in custody because they haven't met the conditions to be released, Steve Fuhlendorf, TCSO public information officer, told TheBlaze.

The judge ordered the suspects to wear ankle monitors upon release, but according to Fuhlendorf, a company willing to fit them hasn't "stepped up, yet."

Authorities are holding Siraj Wahhaj on an outstanding warrant from Georgia for custodial interference in connection with the disappearance of his then-3-year-old son Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. His extradition to Georgia is still pending, but TSCO couldn't provide further information.

What happened to the boy?

Wahhaj, who's legally married to the boy's mother Hakima Ramzi, told his wife he was taking the boy to the park Dec. 1, but they never returned, according to court documents. Ramzi filed for divorce from Wahhaj shortly after her son went missing.

The adults at the compound allegedly told the children that the boy’s biological mother, Hakima Ramzi, had performed “black magic” on Leveille and had stolen the boy from her womb.

Prosecutors told the court on Monday they believe the child died in February during a Muslim ritual to cast out demons, which were blamed for a severe illnesss suffered by the boy. Investigators said the adults had told the other children at the compound that Abdul-Ghani would come back as Jesus after the demons were exorcised from his body.

Last week, investigators found child remains in a tunnel on the property that they believe belong to the boy. The identity of the remains has not been confirmed.

What else?

All five adults pleaded not guilty to 11 counts each of child abuse, among other charges. It's unclear whether a trial date has been set or not.

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