Child abuse charges dismissed in New Mexico desert compound case

Siraj Ibn WahhajEddie Moore/Reuters

  • Two judges cited procedural errors by prosecutors and dismissed child abuse charges against five people from a desert compound where a toddler’s body was found.
  • The judges, in separate decisions, dismissed the child abuse charges on grounds that a preliminary hearing had not taken place within 10 days after they were filed when the defendants were taken into custody.
  • State prosecutors told the court he believed “exceptional circumstances” surrounding the inability of the defendants to meet bail requirements and leave jail meant the 10-day rule did not apply in this case.
  • Prosecutors have said they would present new evidence of a plot by the defendants to attack “corrupt institutions.”
  • The five defendants were arrested after a raid on their makeshift encampment in Amalia, New Mexico, after reports that 11 children were starving there. The children were taken into protective custody.

TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) – Two New Mexico judges on Wednesday dismissed child abuse charges against five people from a desert compound near Taos where a toddler’s body was found, citing procedural errors by prosecutors.

The judges, in separate decisions issued in New Mexico’s Eighth Judicial District Court, dismissed the child abuse charges on grounds that a preliminary hearing had not taken place within 10 days after they were filed on Aug. 8 when the defendants were taken into custody.

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