The Justice Department on Thursday unsealed a superseding indictment against five former members of a New Mexico compound who were accused last year of training children to carry out attacks on schools and law enforcement agencies.
The new indictment adds terrorism, kidnapping and firearms offenses to the charges against Jany Leveille, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhai and Lucas Morton. In September, the defendants had been hit with firearms and immigration charges.
“These allegations remind us of the dangers of terrorism that continue to confront our nation, and the allegation concerning the death of a young child only underscores the importance of prompt and effective intervention by law enforcement,” said John C. Anderson, U.S. attorney for New Mexico.
Prosecutors said the quintet were training 11 children for violent attacks against members of the military and law enforcement officers. In preparation, the children were being trained on military tactics and firearms.
Ms. Leveille, who is originally from Haiti, claimed to be a prophet who could interpret messages from God, according to the initial indictment.
The group appeared on law enforcement’s radar after when they went searching for the 3-year-old son of Ms. Leveille’s partner, who allegedly had been taken for her mother in Georgia. The child died after being denied medication for seizures. Instead, the couple performed hourslong prayer rituals over the boy, according to court documents.