Taos County sheriff’s deputies who raided a makeshift compound Friday in search of a missing Georgia boy arrested two men at the remote site and took 11 children into protective custody but didn’t find the tot, the sheriff announced Saturday in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Siraj Wahhaj, 39, of Clayton County, Ga., was arrested on a Georgia warrant accusing him of abducting his 3-year-old son late last year. Lucas Morten, also of Clayton County, was held on suspicion of harboring a fugitive, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said in the statement.

There was evidence the missing boy, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who might have a medical condition, had been at the site in recent weeks, he added.



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