Investigators confirmed they found the remains of a child at the New Mexico compound where 11 emaciated children were discovered living in an underground trailer.
The Taos County sheriff identified the women facing charges as 35-year-old Jany Leveille, 38-year-old Hujrah Wahhaj, and 35-year-old Subhannah Wahhaj.
The 11 other children, ranging in age from 1 to 15-years-old, are now in the custody of the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Division.
The 11 other children besides Abdul-Ghani were found in a "filthy makeshift compound" in Amalia, which was covered with "odorous trash" and didn't seem to contain clean water.
Not among them was 3-year-old AG Wahhaj, whose mother reported him missing from Georgia's Clayton County, officials said.
On Monday, the boy's fourth birthday, investigators were scrambling to find him - and to understand what happened at the New Mexico compound.
Nine months after young Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj disappeared from Georgia, his family's worst nightmare may be realized in New Mexico.
The boy's mother told police her child suffered from seizures along with development and cognitive delays.
Badger said he had concerns about the compound near the Colorado border.
The property the "makeshift compound" sits on does not belong to the occupants, Hogrefe said. It was unclear how or why they ended up in New Mexico, Hogrefe said.
"I had no probable cause to get a search warrant to go onto this property", the sheriff said.
The children were removed from the compound and turned over to state child-welfare workers.
Each of the five adults has since been charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse, according to the local prosecutor, Donald Gallegos.
Police say the search for the missing boy led them Friday to a squalid compound where they found Wahhaj, four other adults and 11 children living in filthy conditions.
Pictured are (left to right) Lucas Morton, Siraj Wahhaj, Subhannah Wahhaj, Jany Leveille and Hujrah Wahhaj BELOW: The Taos County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation use shovels to search a compound north of Amalia and near the Colorado border Monday. Both Wahhaj and Morten were taken into custody.
What authorities found Friday was what Hogrefe called "the saddest living conditions and poverty" he has seen in 30 years on the job.
However, Wahhaj himself was not found at the compound.
Authorities said at a news conference that they have not positively identified the remains as missing Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.
His officers helped execute a search warrant on the compound after receiving the message last week that was apparently forwarded from someone at the compound: "We are starving and need food and water". Three women who are believed to be the children's mothers were detained and released.
The children "looked like third-world country refugees", Hogrefe said. Warrants for Siraj's arrest claimed he took his son to perform an exorcism on the child and was denying Abdul-Ghani medications. One of the men, Siraj Wahhaj, was the boy's father.
"We just figured they were doing what we were doing, getting a piece of land and getting off the grid", said Anderson, who moved to New Mexico from Seattle with his wife seven years ago.
Individuals found in the compound, described as a buried trailer, had "no shoes, personal hygiene, and basically dirty rags for clothing", Hogrefe said.