Authorities in New Mexico have recovered the remains of a young boy inside the ramshackle compound where 11 other children were found alive but malnourished in a raid on the site last week, the Taos County sheriff said on Tuesday.
He identified the women as Jany Leveille, 38-year-old Hujrah Wahhaj and 35-year-old Subhannah Wahha.
The newspaper adds, "According to Clayton County police, the toddler and his father had last been seen December 13 traveling with two adults and five children in Alabama when they were involved in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 65".
Sheriff Hogrefe's deputies are searching for the child, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and authorities in Georgia's Clayton County, where officials say the boy was living before his father took him around December 1, 2017. Morten was charged with harboring a fugitive - namely Ibn Wahhaj, who was held without bail on a charge of abducting his son, who remains missing.
Wahhaj was wanted for the abduction of his 3-year-old son Abdul Ghani Wahhaj in Georgia, authorities said. It was not immediately clear either had attorneys.
The message was to the point: "We are starving and need food and water", it said in part.
Jerry Hogrefe, sheriff of Taos County, said: "I knew we couldn't wait on another agency to step up".
The children found on the grounds were placed in protective custody, officials said.
Initially, the women were briefly detained for questioning but not criminally charged so that state child services could interview them for their own investigation, Hogrefe said.
The children's age ranged from 1-year-old all the way up to age 15-years-old.
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Clayton County police said in a missing persons bulletin that Mr Wahhaj and his son were last seen on December 13 in Alabama, on the western border of Georgia, traveling with five other children and two adults.
So on Friday, the Taos County Sheriff's Office and state authorities executed a search warrant on the compound.
From left: This Aug. 3, 2018, photo released by Taos County Sheriff's Office shows Lucas Morten.|A handout photo made available by Taos County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Siraj Wahhaj issued on Aug. 05 2018. CNN has reached out to the woman believed to be the missing child's mother, but has not received a response.
He also wouldn't comment on the suggestion that Siraj Wahhaj, the missing boy's father, wanted an exorcism. He said all five were due to make their first court appearance on Wednesday.
The family is related to a well-known Muslim imam in Brooklyn, Siraj Wahhaj, who, along with others, had pleaded on Facebook for the little boy's return.
On Friday morning, a dozen officers kicked off the "all day" operation, discovering the two men with an AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines and four loaded pistols, including one in Mr Wahhaj's pocket.
"We all gave the kids our water and what snacks we had-it was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen", he added.
"The child was found on the inner portion of the compound", Sheriff Hogrefe said.
Hogrefe described the children looking like "Third-World country refugees" with no food, fresh water or shoes and "basically dirty rags" for clothing.
Police described the compound as a small underground trailer covered by plastic, with no running water or electricity.