Extremist Muslim appears with his family to plead not guilty to child abuse, training 11 children to carry out school shootings

By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE and JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

An extremist Muslim father, his wife and two sisters, who were arrested at a compound in New Mexico along with 11 starving children, made their first court appearance Wednesday.

Siraj Wahhaj, 39, wife Jany Leveille, and Hujrah and Subhannah Wahhaj were pictured in the dock as prosecutors accused them of training the children to carry out mass school shootings.

Also in court was Lucas Morton, Wahhaj’s brother-in-law and Subhanah’s husband. Each pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of felony child abuse, while Morton was also charged with harboring a fugitive.

Morton appeared wearing a white towel folded on his head styled like a keffiyeh.

Siraj was also charged with abducting his 3-year-old son ‘AG’ from his home in Atlanta last December, sparking a manhunt which led police to the compound.

Lucas Morton, the husband of Subhannah, also appeared in court   His head was covered with a towel, apparently folded in a style resembling a plain white keffiyeh

Abdul-ghani's mother told police that Siraj Wahhaj (pictured in court on Wednesday) said he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child before they both disappeared   Wahhaj took their son to the park near the family's Atlanta home and never returned

Wahhaj, along with his wife Jany Leveille (pictured) and two sisters, was arrested on Friday at the New Mexico compound, where authorities discovered 11 starving children

Skeletal remains found at the compound are believed to belong to the boy, who was disabled and required daily medication, though tests are still confirming this.

In petitions seeking to detain all five suspects without bail, prosecutors said each was under investigation in the boy’s death.

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