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Two Amalia compound defendants charged in child’s death

SANTA FE — The Taos County Sheriff’s office has charged two adults arrested at a makeshift compound earlier this month with child abuse resulting in death on Friday.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille were each charged with child abuse resulting in death and conspiracy to commit child abuse, according to a press release from Taos County spokesman Steve Fuhlendorf.

Investigators uncovered child remains at the compound near Amalia Aug. 6. The body was later identified as 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj’s son.

Child abuse resulting in death is a first-degree felony that carries a possible life sentence.

Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos has said that he wouldn’t pursue charges for the boy’s death until the state Office of the Medical Investigator determined a cause of death, which the OMI is still investigating.

The OMI has said that the level of decomposition has made the investigation difficult.

Gallegos could not immediately be reached for comment.

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