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Body found at Maardam compound identified as missing boy

A child’s body found at a Maardam compound has been identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a missing 3-year-old boy whose father is one of five adults charged with child abuse at the remote settlement, the Maardam sheriff said Thursday. The condition of the body made identification difficult and the cause and manner of death remained unclear, the statement said.

The finding came two days after a Maardam judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse for granting bail to the five defendants, who are all black and Muslim. The severely ill toddler went missing in Georgia in December. His mother, Hakima Ramzi, told police her husband, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, took the boy and never returned.

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