Well, isn't that interesting. The Court was perplexed and unhappy about the DA's lack of attention. Gee, it's not like the perps are terrorists or anything, right. Things that make you go hmmmm.Child abuse charges against five adults (WRONG! It's 3!) found living on a filthy compound with 11 starving children in Taos County were dropped Wednesday.
Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj were released from jail Wednesday evening.
Lucas Morton can't have any guns or alcohol and must stay in Taos County. Subhannah Wahhaj must stay in Taos County, can’t break any laws and must appear in court. Her sister, Hujrah doesn't have any special conditions, once she's released she can go anywhere.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille will remain behind bars on additional child abuse charges in connection with the death of 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. A no-bond hearing will be held Sept. 4.
On Wednesday, two different Taos County judges called out the district attorney's office for not doing what they were supposed to do, which led to the original charges being dismissed.
The judges said the state violated the 10-day rule for a preliminary hearing.
Suspects in custody have the right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of those charges being filed.
The judges said prosecutors didn't try to schedule a preliminary hearing during that time or ask for an extension.