A Muslim couple released on minimal bail because they were deemed to be no clear threat to the community, wanted to attack an Atlanta hospital, according to prosecutors who already had accused them and three other adults of training children at a desert compound to carry out mass shootings.
Prosecutors in Taos County, New Mexico, citing one of the 11 children found malnourished in squalid conditions at the makeshift camp, said Jany Leveille mentioned Grady Hospital as a “corrupt institution” she wanted to “confront,” according to a brief reported by Fox News.
The filing Friday was part of an appeal of an order by district court Judge Sarah Backus that could allow at least three of the five adult defendants in the case to be released on house arrest with ankle monitors.
The prosecutors said Leveille and her partner Siraj Ibn Wahhaj – said to be her “Islamic husband” – “would laugh and joke about dying in Jihad.” Leveille is an illegal immigrant from Haiti who also is under investigation by federal immigration authorities for overstaying her non-immigrant visitor visa after arriving 20 years ago in the United States. She was returned Thursday to Taos from a federal holding facility in Texas.
Wahhaj is the son of Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and, as WND has reported, is on record urging a violent overthrow of the “filthy” U.S. government, assisted by jihad warriors armed with Uzis. The elder Wahhaj has insisted his son’s problems with the law amounted to a domestic conflict that has nothing to do with Islam.
In her Aug. 13 order, Backus accused prosecutors of bias against Muslims and concluded that while their evidence was troubling, it did not indicate any clear threat to public safety from the defendants. She ordered the release of the five adults on a $20,000 signature bond, meaning they didn’t have to put up any money.
But the five remain in custody amid the appeal, and the prosecutors said Friday their new evidence proved Leveille “and possibly others of the defendants may suffer from dangerous delusions … [and] … have history of endangering the welfare of children.”
They also said investigators recovered from the compound a 10-page, handwritten document titled “Phases of a Terrorist Attack.”
WND reported law enforcement officials believe the group is a cult that regards Leveille as a messianic figure.
Wahhaj, who already has proven himself to be a flight risk, is accused of kidnapping his 3-year-old son, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, in December in Georgia from his legal wife. He was a fugitive until his arrest Aug. 3 with the four other adults at the compound. Medical examiners determined remains found at the site near the Colorado border were of the boy.
Authorities believe the child died when Wahhaj tried to perform an exorcism. The father then tried to “resurrect” him as “Jesus” to tell them which targets to hit, they said.
Prosecutors allege Leveille and Wahhaj witnessed the boy’s seizures but gave him no medication and took no action to seek proper medical care.
The New Mexico compound was mysteriously razed days after Backus’ order to release the defendants. It’s unknown who ordered the razing. The Taos County Sheriff’s Office, which helped carry out the Aug. 3 raid, stated it was not responsible, the Taos News reported. Authorities said they recovered evidence before the property was destroyed.