The suspicious death of a toddler would normally land the parents in deep trouble, but that is not exactly what happened in New Mexico.
Even after prosecutors described how three-year-old Abdul-ghani Wahhaj’s body was buried in a New Mexico compound after he died in some type of exorcism ritual, the judge let everyone off with what amounts to be a slap on the wrist.
According to Judge Sarah Backus, the five adults charged in the case, who are all related by blood or marriage, did not pose a real danger to the community.
Rather than keep them in custody, the judge set a very low bail of $20,000 for each of them.
In her ruling, Judge Backus stated, “The state alleged that there was this big plan afoot.”
“But the state hasn’t shown to my satisfaction, in clear and convincing evidence, what that plan was,” Backus added.
The defense made it sound as though the state was going after the adults accused in the case solely because they were African-American Muslims.
Thomas Clark, the defense attorney, stated, “If these people were white and Christian, nobody would bat an eye over the idea of faith healing, or praying over a body, or touching a body and quoting scripture.”
He added, “But when Muslims do it, there seems to be something nefarious, something evil.”
Most would disagree with that assertation.
While there is surely nothing wrong with a family praying, there is definitely something wrong when a religious ritual puts a child in danger.
The boy suffered from seizures and other health issues. Prosecutors say his father conducted a “religious ritual” to “cast out demonic spirits” during which the child died.
As if the death of the child was not bad enough, the family’s “view” of why it had happened was even more disturbing.
Reportedly, the family thought the dead child would be coming back as Jesus and would point out “corrupt” people to be attacked.
Law enforcement officials also found a weapons cache at the compound.
Investigators testified the children were being trained to fight some type of religious war upon his “resurrection.”
The argument could be made the ONLY reason the judge made this ruling was BECAUSE it was a Muslim group.
Had they been Christian, we more than likely would have seen them all hauled off and headlines would have read, “Christian cult kills child, trains other for religious war.”